Supply chain issues delay sports betting at Hartford Arena

September 11, 2022 1:47 a.m.

HARTFORD (AP) — Sports fans won’t be able to place bets at the XL Center in Hartford until next spring.

Officials told the Hartford Courant that delays in receiving crucial construction components due to global supply chain issues were to blame and the project is not expected to be completed until at least March.

It was hoped the 4,000 square foot sportsbook, complete with bar and restaurant, would be open in time for the start of the NFL season this weekend.

A main element holding up the project is a large glass wall that will overlook a major intersection and is expected to transform the building’s bunker-like appearance.

“We are fumbling, frankly, because the window system frustrates us,” Michael W. Freimuth, executive director of the Capital Region Development Authority, which oversees arena operations, told the newspaper. “We are trying to continue, but the wall system will delay us.

The $4 million state-funded project was approved after lawmakers passed legislation legalizing sports betting last year. The legislation provided for the creation of sports betting sites on 15 sites.

The XL Center hosts University of Connecticut men’s and women’s basketball as well as minor league hockey and concerts.

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