PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh has a new tenant.
The home of the Pittsburgh Penguins opened the BetRivers Lounge on Saturday during the Penguins’ 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Last fall, Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and Rush Street Interactive’s BetRivers.com announced an exclusive deal with the Penguins to build a sportsbook-style lounge at its home arena for Pennsylvania bettors.
The new space features two rows of ticketed bowl seats, a lounge area with club chairs, hi-def video screens and streaming odds boards, according to a news release. The BetRivers Lounge at PPG Paints Arena — located on the FedEx level, third floor, section 119 — is designed to integrate BetRivers, a retail sportsbook and online casino, into the arena as the “Official Casino” and the “Official Sportsbook” of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The lounge matches the look and feel of the casino sportsbook at Rivers Casino on the North Shore, and it’s created by the same designer, DMAC Architecture of Chicago, the release said.
“The BetRivers Lounge is yet another investment delivered under our Rivers partnership to enhance fan experiences inside PPG Paints Arena,” David Morehouse, president and CEO of the Penguins, said in the release. “The lounge will provide a safe and exciting space for fans to enjoy an innovative and multimedia experience while attending Pens games and other live sporting events year-round.”
’Wagering in Real-Time’
Guests 21 or older who have BetRivers.com accounts can watch and place wagers on Penguins games and other sporting events from the BetRivers Lounge, anywhere in PPG Paints Arena, at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and elsewhere in the state. All wagering is via personal mobile devices using the BetRivers Pennsylvania app.
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“The BetRivers Lounge symbolizes our strong partnership with the Penguins, five-time Stanley Cup champions, and our commitment to Pittsburgh sports generally," Mattias Stetz, chief operating officer of Rush Street Interactive, operator of BetRivers.com, said in the release. “The new lounge enhances the experience of watching live and wagering in real-time. We are proud to be the exclusive sportsbook of this winning franchise.”
Rush Street Interactive was the first online gaming company to launch online sports wagering in Pennsylvania. It also operates online sportsbooks in Illinois, New Jersey, Indiana, Virginia, Iowa, Michigan, and Colorado.