Construction of the new “Rivers Sportsbook” betting lounge at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady, N.Y. has started. Designed by Chicago-based DMAC Architecture, the Rivers Sportsbook was conceived as a luxury-styled sports lounge in an open space. Situated adjacent to Van Slyck’s lounge and located directly off the casino’s main gaming floor, the 5,000-square-foot betting space was designed to appeal to both non-gamers and gaming enthusiasts.
The sportsbook offers stadium lounge seating, a neutral color palette, high-end materials and decorative lighting, as well as a ceiling truss design that recreates the look of the trellis bridges in Schenectady’s old railway yard. Club chairs and table seating will be able to accommodate approximately 80 guests. There will be five private booths with television monitors, each accommodating up to six people, 18 individual VIP seats and 32 tabletop seats.
The luxury-styled sports lounge will similarly have a 53-foot-long by nine-foot-high LED video wall that will anchor the sportsbook viewing area, along with 22 additional TV monitors measuring 86 inches each. The sportsbook also will include 16 betting kiosks and six staffed betting windows.
The new sportsbook is expected to be completed later this summer; and pending New York State Gaming Commission approval, this venue will open before the start of the NFL football season in September.