Commanders open first-ever sportsbook inside an NFL stadium


The Washington Commanders officially opened the Fanatics Sportsbook at FedEx Field, the very first legal sportsbook to open inside an NFL stadium.

The new 5,000-square-foot sportsbook features eight betting windows, 21 self-service betting kiosks, and two "giant LED video walls" and 38 TV monitors, according to the team, as well as a full-service restaurant with "food options that every sports fan will enjoy."

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The sportsbook will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. and is accessible from its own entrance — located outside Gate H off of Garrett Morgan Road and FedEx Way — alongside the Commanders team store.

Now for the important caveat: The sportsbook will not take any bets on the dates of Commanders home games, in accordance with the NFL's commercial gambling policy, although it will remain open on those dates to serve food and drinks.

Team president Jason Wright did the honors of cutting the ribbon and, while initially struggling to make a slice, he remained calm and got the job done.

As you can see, some reporters on the scene were having some fun with this out-of-the-ordinary NFL assignment.

Here's what it looks like inside the sportsbook, via Sam Fortier of The Washington Post.

The sportsbook bar prominently features jerseys from Washington Redskins legends Sonny Jurgensen, Darrell Green and Sean Taylor.

Commanders 2022 'Fan of the Year' Chris Bryant placed the first official bet at the sportsbook.

The sportsbook will offer betting on all major sports, including professional and college football, basketball, hockey, and baseball, as well as tennis, soccer, golf, MMA and boxing.

"When our journey began over two years ago, we knew we had to reinvigorate the guest experience at FedExField and open the campus to the community," Wright said in a statement. "Today is a special moment in realizing that vision as we open this innovative sportsbook, operating seven days a week for sports fans throughout our community.

"We owe a debt of gratitude to Former Governor Hogan, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, and numerous other elected leaders who supported our vision of an equity framework that will ensure minority participation in this venture; allowing us to do right by the community and the fans at the same time."

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