Legal sports betting is coming to the state of Maryland and one of the first retail sportsbooks will be located at Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover.
A voter referendum last November cleared the way for legal sports betting in Maryland. Legislation concerning its regulation has been signed into law. The next step in the process is the official launch.
Based in Maryland, The Cordish Group is the owner/operator of Live! Casino & Hotel. The company is busy making plans for the grand opening of The Sports & Social at Live! Casino on Thursday, April 29. This will be the first of two retail books with another location in the works in Bethesda.
The cost of this initial book is estimated to be $12 million as a prized addition to the casino’s overall amenities. The Sports & Social facility is located at the former Live! Center Stage that was in the middle of the casino floor. It has been replaced with the brand new sports lounge.
The overall size of the sportsbook covers more than 14,000 square feet of space. The lounge will offer over 100 linear LED screens to broadcast the games. They will be highlighted by world class audio and visual technology.
At the center of it all is a main viewing screen that spans 47 feet in width. The lounge has plans to air as many as 10 different live sporting events at any given time.
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Other amenities of The Sports & Social include two main bars. There will be luxury sports viewing chairs throughout the facility along with designated VIP areas. The entire sportsbook will be surrounded by the casino floor.
There will also be dining through a unique restaurant concept to tie everything together. This will join The Prime Rib, Bobby’s Burger Place and Luk Fu as existing dining options.
Sports betting will be the main attraction once up and running. However, social gaming is another important aspect of this entertainment venue. Interactive games such as mini-bowling and over-sized foosball tables are two perfect examples. The goal is to offer wide-scale appeal to patrons looking to have some fun.
Opening at the end of April will only help to build excitement for the actual launch of legal sports betting in the state. With FanDuel as a gaming partner, sports fans will be able to bet on the games at retail betting windows as well as self-service betting kiosks.
Live! Casino-Hotel has already become a major attraction as a full-service casino gambling venue. The highly anticipated addition of sports betting will only add to its allure as a premier gaming facility.
The Sports & Social concept is not unique to this casino. The company recently opened a new location in Ballpark Village near Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
It is also part of the entertainment amenities at Live! Casino Pittsburgh and Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia in neighboring Pennsylvania. The second location in Bethesda’s Pike & Rose neighborhood is expected to open this fall.