The second bricks-and-mortar sportsbook to open within five days in the state of Pennsylvania will occur later this week.
The Sportsbook, which will open on Thursday, will cut its ribbon to its sports betting facility at Meadows Racetrack and Casino, just 20 miles south of Pittsburgh in Washington, PA.
This will be the second sportsbook in the Pittsburgh area as Rivers Casino Pittsburgh opened the first sportsbook in the region on Sept. 30 called BetRivers Sportsbook that replaced the temporary facility which opened earlier this year.
The Sportsbook, which is currently in phase one of its overall project, will feature 18 self-service kiosks, five ticket-writer stations and will have 17 employees. Kambi will be providing the risk management/lines and Draftkings, powered by Meadows Casino, will be the online platform once launched.
“Pennsylvania has proven to be a robust sports betting market. We are excited to be offering another amenity to our guests and I believe that the sportsbook along with the other major renovations occurring on the property will bring a big boost to our local market share,” said Atif Chaudry, Sportsbook manager.
Chaudry, who worked directly under the famed Jimmy Vaccaro at Rivers before taking over the helm at Meadows, said they’re ready to hit the ground running.
“We have had team members help us simulate a game-day experience by placing mock wagers within our systems, which will help us improve our transaction times before our initial rush,” he said. “The availability of legalized online and retail sports betting in Pennsylvania has allowed us to hire ticket writers who are passionate and knowledgeable about sports and technology. I expect us to deliver an exceptional guest experience from the onset.”
The property, which is owned by Penn National, is undergoing major renovations throughout, highlighted not only by the Sportsbook but by a new event center, a new food court called “the eatery” and an upgrade of a bar and concert venue called “Headliners.”
“Our expectations and forecasts have us already holding a significant portion of the online market in our area, with FanDuel, as our primary competitor,” said the 39-year-old Chaudry, who played collegiate tennis at Penn State.
Just five days earlier, Mohegan Sun Pocono opened its much-anticipated, brand-new Unibet Sportsbook in Plains. The new, 1,130-square-foot, state-of-the-art Unibet Sportsbook features a 28-foot wide, high-definition video wall that is fully customizable, allowing it to be transformed into two giant TV screens or modified to accommodate up to 16 sporting events at once.
It's betting lounge also has two teller booths, six self-kiosk betting terminals and beverage and dining service located next door via Molly O’Sheas Irish Pub & Eatery.
“We are excited and proud to partner with Mohegan Sun Pocono to welcome patrons to our new Sportsbook and offer a great extension to our online product in one of the largest states to regulate both online sports betting and casino,” said Manuel Stan, senior vice president of the Kindred Group, which owns Unibet. “We wanted a strong partner who shares our dedication to customer experience and values, and we know that together we will offer Pennsylvanians a truly unmatched in-house and soon-to-come online sports betting and casino experience.”