Connecticut Lottery Corporation seeks major sports betting venue
After the approval of sports betting in the state of Connecticut, the lottery is looking for a major venue that will combine gambling with dining and other entertainment options.
US.- The Connecticut Lottery Corporation is looking for a major venue to offer sports betting after the approval of the activity in the state.
The lottery will operate 15 statewide betting locations. According to local press, the Hartford’s XL Center, a major sports complex, is being considered to be the home of the first sports wagering venue in the state.
The intention is to transform the Harford XL Center into a venue that combines gambling with dining, bars and entertainment options such as esports and video-based gaming.
The idea came from Governor Ned Lamont, who wants sports betting to boost the development of the location and generate jobs and growth.
Michael Freimuth, executive director at the CLC, believes adding sports betting venue at the venue is a viable option, including the addition of lower-level seats, the exhibition hall and the conversion of back-of-house areas into space for fans.
According to Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, a large sports betting venue at a renovated XL Center will bring benefits not only to the city but to the region.
It is expected it will attract more visitors to the area, and some lawmakers believe it will help pay for some of the costs of renovation.
The Connecticut Lottery Corporation is also looking at smaller locations in the Hartford area that are currently operated by off-track betting licensee Sportech.
If chosen by the Lottery, Sportech could be sublicensed to host sports betting.