On Thursday, Oct. 10, the Meadows Racetrack & Casino in North Strabane, Pennsylvania, will launch its sportsbook. The Meadows sportsbook, in Washington County about 25 miles south of Pittsburgh, is part of a $14 million renovation to the casino.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved The Meadows’ sports betting license by unanimous decision on Wednesday. The facility will be the 10th brick-and-mortar sportsbook in Pennsylvania.
“It’s a fantastic day for The Meadows Casino, our team members, guests and Washington County,” Tony Frabbiele, Vice President and general manager of The Meadows Casino, said according to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report. “We are excited to bring this new amenity to The Meadows and are looking forward to the thrill and excitement of sports wagering.”
Before The Meadows sportsbook opens on Thursday, it will have a two-day limited test run open to the public from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 8-9.
Provided the two-day test run goes smoothly, the Gaming Control Board will sign off on operations just in time for bettors to lay action on the Giants-Patriots NFL Thursday Night game. On Friday, the sportsbook will operate under the regular hours of 10 a.m. to midnight.
On Thursday, The Meadows will hold an official ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring four former Pittsburgh athletes: Bryan Trottier of the NHL’s Penguins, John Candelaria of the MLB’s Pirates, and Mel Blount and Rocky Bleier of the NFL’s Steelers.
The new Pennsylvania sportsbook is in the casino area of The Meadows and will feature 18 self-serving betting booths, 15 UHD televisions, a bar seating 26 people and five ticket windows.
In a co-branded deal, DraftKings is set to run The Meadows online sportsbook, Pittsburgh ABC affiliate WTAE reported. The gaming board will review DraftKings’ application for an operator’s license on Oct. 30. Once approved, the online sportsbook should launch some time in November.
The grand opening of The Meadows sportsbook will occur just days after their main competitor, Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, launched their new permanent sportsbook.
In December 2018, The Rivers Casino opened a temporary sportsbook. On Sept. 30, Rivers debuted its new $5 million BetRivers Sportsbook.
The 5,500-square-foot sportsbook features seating for up to 195 players. With 24 flatscreen monitors and a giant video screen, bettors will have a near 360-degree view of TVs. The sportsbook has 33 self-serving betting booths and six ticket windows.
“I don’t think there is one casino in Las Vegas that has a nicer, more state-of-the-art sportsbook than this one,” Rivers Casino General Manager Bill Keena said, according to the Tribune-Review. “It’s something I think all of Pittsburgh can be very proud of.”