New DraftKings Sportsbook Opens at Foxwoods in Connecticut on Saturday
DraftKings will open the doors to its new retail sportsbook at Foxwoods Resorts Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, on Saturday.
The new permanent two-story, 12,000-plus square foot sportsbook replaces its temporary location that opened in September on the property, with the debut of legal sports betting in Connecticut.
“Since launching retail sports betting at Foxwoods in September, the demand has been strong and continues to grow,” Jason Guyot, president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino, said in a news release. “The new DraftKings Sportsbook at Foxwoods redefines what it means to bet, gather and play and delivers on our commitment to offer the best sports betting experience in the Northeast. With the NFL season in its peak, there is nothing more thrilling than taking a shot with your favorite team, and we’re honored to deliver this new kind of betting experience where guests and fans can get in on the action, all in one place.”
The new sportsbook includes live teller windows, self-service kiosks, wall-to-wall televisions (anchored by one of the largest LED screens in the industry at 50 feet by 30 feet) and multiple VIP rooms, the release said. It also will have two full bars, including an ice rail and 24 beers on tap, and a full restaurant.
“Our latest collaborative effort with Foxwoods, complementing the recent launch of mobile sports betting and iGaming, now marks the 12th permanent retail sportsbook for DraftKings,” Jason Robins, co-founder, CEO and chairman of the board for DraftKings, said in the release. “The meticulously designed space will provide customers with a premier, skin-in-the-game viewership experience accessible to Connecticut residents and beyond. As legalized sports betting continues to gain steam both in Connecticut and across the country, DraftKings is proud to be a brand consumers know and trust, and we remain excited about the possibilities that lie ahead as we team up with Foxwoods, a powerhouse in entertainment and hospitality.”
Retail, Mobile Live in Connecticut
In addition to DraftKings, there is a temporary retail FanDuel Sportsbook at Mohegan Sun.
And the trio of the Connecticut Lottery Corp., Rush Street Interactive and Sportech are in the process of opening 15 PlaySugarHouse retail sportsbooks in the state. It started with the Sports Haven in New Haven and has continued with Bobby V's in Stamford and Windsor Locks. In total there are four SugarHouse sites open in the state.
Mobile sports wagering and online casino launched in Connecticut on Oct. 19.
Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.