Atlantic City is now home to even more sports betting action thanks to a partnership between Bally’s and FanDuel. The spot is only temporary so that Bally’s can start offering sports betting services now. In the future, a permanent option will be provided, with an expected opening date of spring 2021.
On Tuesday, Bally’s and FanDuel announced the opening of FanDuel Sportsbook at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino. The venue will use technology from FanDuel to operate, including the IGT PlaySports platform. With the launch, it marks the first time that FanDuel has offered a retail spot for sports betting in Atlantic City.
The temporary space is more about the betting instead of relaxing and enjoying a game. It offers six live odds boards plus three live betting windows. Attendants will be on hand to help customers in placing wagers or answering any questions they may have. There will also be 10 self-service betting kiosks powered by IGT PlaySports, where players can place wagers themselves.
Bets will be accepted at the sportsbook on a variety of sports including basketball, baseball, boxing, soccer, football, motorsports, and more. The space will operate based on local guidelines as well as CDC protocols regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bally’s Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer George Papanier commented on the launch by stating the company is very excited to be opening the new sportsbook at Bally’s. The space is one of many changes coming to the property and a testament to the company’s commitment to reinvest in its physical property portfolio.
The temporary space will provide sports betting services at Bally’s until the permanent space is completed. The company is currently designing the space and constructing the spot where sports bettors will call home. The FanDuel Sportsbook permanent location will be 4,100 square feet in size and feature five live betting windows.
For self-service options, the sportsbook will include 34 IGT PlaySports betting kiosks. For viewing games, the space will include a lounge with 80 seats along with 30 reclining club chairs. Video walls will feature oversized LED screens.
FanDuel plans on offering a high-profile atmosphere on game day with options for dining and beverages. The sportsbook will offer a unique self-service craft beer station that is sure to be a hit among visitors.
Vice President of Retail, FanDuel Group, Keith Wall, commented on the new space, stating they are excited to be one of the first components of the Capital Improvement Project of Bally’s in Atlantic City. FanDuel is eager to start offering services in the temporary space and they cannot wait to get started with the permanent structure next year to showcase their brand.
The temporary space can be found in the casino on the main gaming floor. Players can access the space from the Atlantic City Boardwalk entrance. The space is open 24/7 for self-service operation. Attendants will be on hand to help players during operational hours Monday to Friday, 12pm-10pm as well as 10am-10pm Saturday and Sunday.