United Center announces new amenities ahead of Hawks and Bulls home openers


With dark blue-gray leather lounge chairs, a full bar with scratch cocktails and delicious food, and a wall full of TV screens, the new United Center FanDuel Sportsbook Lounge is ready for closure.

With the Blackhawks and Bulls home openers this weekend, there will be plenty of opportunities to explore the lounge and other new amenities at United Center.

First, there are two new Dashery marketplaces.

If you need something on the go, the Dashery is the place to be. The new cashless market allows fans to quickly grab drinks and snacks before heading back to the action.

Fans can enter the “Takeout Goods” market, press pay to enter, and choose what they want.

Amazon-powered technology tracks what’s taken so customers don’t have to wait in line.

There are two new non-cash markets on level 200, both near the escalators between levels 100 and 300

As for the FanDuel Sportsbook Lounge, it’s a sports bettor’s dream, aside from the fact that the space is currently open as a no-bets sports bar.

License applications to become a retail bookmaker are currently being reviewed by the Illinois Gaming Board.

UC officials say they hope to get their gaming license next year. This would make the arena the first arena in Chicago with a sportsbook


The living room screens are floor to ceiling. In total, there are 1,300 square feet of LED screens. During United Center event days, the screens will show live sports and entertainment and there will be another board that will display live betting odds.

Along with TV entertainment, the two-story lounge contains two full bars where guests can enjoy a signature cocktail, like a pomegranate ginger smash or an old-fashioned black cherry.

There’s also a chef-curated sports pub menu in the Sportsbook Lounge that features upscale fare like Italian beef, Wagyu beef hot dogs, pizza, and nachos.

The Blackhawks’ first home game at United Center is Friday against the Detroit Red Wings. The Bulls open Saturday against the Cavs.


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