First Virginia Retail Sportsbook Opens at Hard Rock Bristol Casino

Virginia now has an in-person sportsbook. Hard Rock Bristol officially opened its temporary facility on July 8. 

The facility is located at the site of the former Bristol Mall and will be the home of the casino until the full resort is ready, likely in 2024. 

In April, the Virginia Lottery Board issued a facility operator’s license to Hard Rock Bristol. The opening makes Hard Rock the first casino in the state. 

Bristol was one of four cities that were approved for land-based casinos when Virginians voted to legalize them. The other three are:

  • Portsmouth (Rivers Casino Portsmouth, will include BetRivers Sportsbook)
  • Norfolk (HeadWaters Resort & Casino run by Pamunkey Indian Tribe)
  • Danville (Horseshoe Danville run by Caesars Entertainment)

Virginia is a rare entry in the U.S. sports betting market in that it has been exclusively an online sports betting state until now. Most other states either had retail sportsbooks first or launched online and retail at the same time. Virginia has done quite well considering. It recently became the ninth state to surpass $5 billion in all-time sports betting handle.

Virginia Retail Sportsbook at Bristol Casino Details

The casino is 30,000 square feet with more than 870 slots, 21 table games, and a sportsbook. 

There are also three dining options at the casino with Mr. Lucky’s, which offers a wide variety of food choices; Brick’d, which offers brick oven pizza and Italian food; and Bristol Bar which is a sports bar. 

Inside the sportsbook, there are 15 kiosks, and five betting windows. 

They offer in-person betting on all the major sports including football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, golf, and more. There is a $5 minimum bet at both the windows and kiosks. 

Sports bettors will be able to go to the sportsbook seven days a week. Monday thru Friday the sportsbook is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday is 9 a.m. to Midnight, and Sunday is 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The permanent location will be a massive resort that will feature 750 hotel rooms, indoor and outdoor concert venues, dining, private venues, retailers, and over 2,700 slots.

More Casinos Coming

There could be a second temporary casino opening soon as well. Harbor Park, the minor league baseball stadium in Norfolk, could be the next location for a temporary casino. The city approved a conditional use permit for the casino to the Pamunkey Indian Tribe. 

It would be the temporary location of the HeadWaters Resort & Casino with the full resort sitting next to the baseball stadium when it opens sometime next year. 

The stadium underwent an address change that brought it one step closer to opening the temporary facility. It still must apply for a facility operator’s license. If it is granted the license the location will take over the spot of the Boxing and Fitness Center as well as a restaurant. 

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