Hartford's XL Center is seriously considered to be one of the only two major sports betting centers Connecticut Lottery Corporation , wishing to offer the residents of the state sports betting in line with the new
Sports betting will help expand your location
Connecticut legislature approved lottery 15 state betting and center Hartford XL Center looks like the perfect place to become a premier sports betting venue with the potential to combine gambling with restaurants, bars and other entertainment options such as esports and video games.
According to the chairman of the lottery board Rob Simmelkjaer The idea to place one of Connecticut's two major sports bets at XL Center came from Gov. Ned Lamont who is actively looking for ways to "do something great there and want to find a way for sports betting to contribute to the development of this location."
Center XL has noticed 250 million budget truncated to $ 100 million by the Capital Region Development Authority which focused on premium seats and more amenities in the lower half as a way to increase the arena's profitability amid strong public votes, the facility should be razed to the ground and rebuilt.
Michael Freimuth, executive director of the office, believes adding a sports betting space in the center is a viable option, including adding lower tier seats, an exhibition hall and converting the back of the house into a fan space.
The renovation will benefit the Hartford region
The funding for the sports betting site at XL Center could come from private investors and the company that the lottery selects to perform its operations. After drawing the proposal from 15 candidates, 4 of them were selected in the lottery to submit detailed plans.
The state approved 65 million in capital improvement funds, in addition to those already received by the authority 40 million loans, but an additional loan is currently held State Bonds Commission under the leadership Gov. Ned Lamont .
According to Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin The large sports betting facility in the refurbished XL Center will benefit not only the city but also the region as it will attract more tourists to the area, while some lawmakers believe this will help cover some of the renovation costs.
In addition to considering the two major sports betting sites, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation is also looking for smaller locations in the Hartford area such as Winners on Brainard Road in Hartford, Shea's Pizzeria and Sports Bar in Manchester, Bobby V's near Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, and more.
Currently operated by the off-track sports betting licensee, Sportech, these locations are potential lottery candidates as Sportech could be sublicensed for sports betting.