Major League Soccer team DC United has announced a multiyear partnership with leading gaming company FanDuel, the cornerstone of which will be a retail sportsbook at Audi Field.
DC United had planned to open a sportsbook at the soccer-specific stadium in partnership with Caesars Entertainment, which also became a sleeve sponsor of the team. It is unclear why this arrangement fell through.
The FanDuel Sportsbook is scheduled to open at Audi Field some time next year, pending licensing and regulatory approvals from the DC Lottery. It will feature various betting windows and self-service betting terminals available to sports fans 365 days a year.
“DC United is looking forward to the opportunity of working with a first-rate operator in this new and exciting space,” said DC United chief strategy officer Sam Porter. “The FanDuel Sportsbook is best-in-class and we believe their expertise, technology, and product will provide our fans, guests at Audi Field, and the Buzzard Point neighborhood a full-slate of entertainment options.”
As part of a wide-ranging deal, FanDuel has been designated the exclusive sports betting sponsor of DC United. The deal marks the company’s first sports betting partnership with an MLS team.
“As we continue to expand our nationwide footprint, joining forces with one of the MLS’ most iconic clubs allows us to bring America’s No. 1 Sportsbook to the nation’s capital,” said FanDuel Group chief executive Matt King. “We’re partnering with DC United to elevate the fan experience at Audi Field and bring the DMV area an in-person sports gaming experience other parts of the US have come to know and love from FanDuel.”
Washington DC’s Capital One Arena, the home of the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals and National Basketball Association’s Washington Wizards, opened an in-venue sportsbook in partnership with William Hill in August.