McHugh Construction starts work on $6.3 million FanDuel Sportsbook lounge at United Center

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Chicago-based McHugh Construction says it has been named general contractor for FanDuel Sportsbook, a new 13,000-sq. ft sports betting venue by online gaming company FanDuel Group at the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks.

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McHugh recently began construction on the space, which is a build-out of a two-story area within the United Center adjacent to the atrium, with an expected completion date of August 2022.

HOK is the architect of record.

A Chicago building permit issued on March 4 assigns a $6,300,000 value for the project.

The contractor says it is in the process of hiring more than 25 subcontractors required to complete the project and says it intends to meet or exceed the participation goals of 26 percent MBE subcontracts and 6 percent WBE subcontracts.

“No other firm has completed more successful renovation and ground-up projects for the United Center and its major league teams than McHugh, so we were eager and excited to get back into the building and be part of creating a new space that enhances the fan experience and brings the latest technology in sports wagering to the United Center,” McHugh Construction vice-president Andy Totten said in an April 4 statement.

Some of McHugh’s most recent work at the United Center includes a 190,000-sq. ft. East Addition to the building, and a nearby two-rink Blackhawks training and practice facility called Fifth Third Arena.

According to FanDuel Group, the FanDuel Sportsbook at the United Center will be equipped with viewing and sports wagering technology and its two-story lounge is designed to give sports fans a new, fully immersive sportsbook experience. FanDuel Sportsbook is being constructed in areas that formerly housed offices for the United Center and Blackhawks staff, as well as two lower-level suites.

“Opening the existing floor structure allows for a tiered seating area and the installation of a two-story, high-definition video wall, which is sure to enhance any sports fans viewing experience,” said Totten.

The expansive screen will feature simultaneous feeds from multiple live sporting events. In addition, wagering kiosks will be placed throughout the facility, and the VIP area on the second floor will provide a one-of-a-kind betting and sports entertainment experience. The facility also will have a large commercial kitchen and multiple bars that will provide upscale food and beverage service.

“As the United Center is a busy, active facility with events occurring nearly every day – from sports events to concerts – our construction work has to be closely phased and coordinated to minimize any impact on the guests and staff,” said Totten. “Full barricades were built to separate construction activities from the public and building services, and all work areas accommodate emergency egress throughout all stages of the work. Also, all construction activities are scheduled to limit any impact of noise, dust, and material deliveries on facility operations.”

The building permit says the project’s electrical contractor is JMS Electric, Inc.; plumber/plumbing – DW Mechanical Group, Inc.; and refrigeration and ventilation – Roberts Environmental Control.

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