This weekend, FanDuel will open a new sportsbook at a racetrack adjacent to MetLife Stadium, the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets.
There has been a flux of activity surrounding sports betting in recent months, following the Supreme Court’s decision in May to rule the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, which banned sports betting in most circumstances, as unconstitutional. Striking down the law effectively allows states to legalize sports betting, and both New Jersey and Delaware have already seen their laws legalizing sports betting take effect.
That has helped pave the way for the new sportsbook at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ, as FanDuel will open its 5,300 square foot venue at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday. A lease clause currently prevents the facility from being open on Sundays, though officials are in discussions with the Giants and Jets about addressing that issue. More from NJ.com:
“Starts Saturday,” confirmed Andrea Lokshin, the Meadowlands’ VP of sales and marketing.
Replete with 10 tellers and 27 televisions at the Meadowlands Racetrack, the sportsbook venue will be adjacent to MetLife Stadium, where both the New York Giants and Jets play.
The only catch?
“Under our current lease we are not allowed to be open on football Sundays, so we are in discussions (with Giants/Jets) to explore opportunities,” wrote Lokshin, in an email to NJ Advance Media.
Most major sports leagues have historically been opposed to legalizing sports betting. However, the Supreme Court’s decision enables more states to approve their own legal sports betting laws, which could lead to more sportsbook venues opening near major sports facilities down the road.
Image courtesy MetLife Stadium.