A Super Bowl In Illinois? State Could Host Major Sports Events If Bears Buy Arlington

Written By Joe Boozell on June 21, 2021Last Updated on January 10, 2022
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The Chicago Bears made major news last week when they announced their bid to buy Arlington International Racecourse. Churchill Downs put the 326 acres of land up for sale earlier this year.

If the racing and gaming company selects the Bears’ offer, it will mark the end of an era; most Chicago Bears betting fans know that the team has played at Soldier Field since 1971.

It & rsquo, it’s simple to understand why a suburban mega-venue would draw the Bears. They would be able to sponsor significant sports competitions like the Super Bowl, Final Fours, and College Football Playoffs.

And how about the World Cup if we & rsquo are really becoming ambitious?

In April, Illinois was the No. 2 sports betting market in the US, registering $537.2 million in handle, finishing behind New Jersey for the month. Considering the next decade and beyond, IL should remain a sports betting fixture.

That idea would only be strengthened if she started hosting big sports events on a regular basis.

Had Illinois host the March Madness or the Super Bowl?

Last year, Lineups.com wrote about the 10 most bet on sporting events.

The March Madness, Super Bowl, and World Cup are all in the best five. The World Cup comes first, and Illinois would be able to host those kinds of competitions thanks to the construction of an ArlingtonHeights venue that is present and has a retracting roof.

Although the College Football Playoff did no place in the top 10, it is still a well-liked sporting betting event.

Arlington Heights, Illinois, would have the opportunity to participate in the same rotation as other cities like Indianapolis, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Dallas( Arlington ), etc.

These events attract thousands of out-of-town spectators, which would juice the Illinois sports betting market even more. That would create more revenue for IL operators and more tax dollars for the state.

In 2021, Illinoisans saw more than $45 million in bets on the Super Bowl alone. That was even considering app outages for significant portions of the day.

The total amount wagered had undoubtedly be higher if the Super Bowl took place in Illinois.

Would there be a casino in Arlington Heights?

It’s very early to say, but it would make sense to have a casino at Arlington Heights Stadium.

The Bears’ official sports betting partner is PointsBet, but it has not pursued a retail sportsbook at Soldier Field.

Having said that, an Arlington Heights service did see significantly more foot traffic each year than Soldier Field does. Soldier Field is very isolated, so in theory there would be an entire entertainment district surrounding a suburban facility.

These are great ifs, but it’s likely that a retail sportsbook would generate huge profits at this hypothetical stadium.

Mayor Lightfoot dismisses the notion with warm waters.

The Bears & rsquo’s offer to buy the property supports rumors that Arlington Heights is interested, but Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot quickly argued in favor of the team staying in the city.

She even adopted a not-at-all-subtle approach. drill at the brand while doing so. These was her declaration:

As mentioned in her statement, this is a negotiating tactic. Some fans feel that Soldier Field is among the worst stadiums in the NFL, and this could be a bargaining ploy to bring improvements.

Churchill Downs will be sorting through a number of presents. Roy Arnold, a former president of Arlington Park, has made another common offer. Arnold wants to continue the horse race on the property.

The upcoming sales will have a significant impact on Illinois’ sports, games, and racing industries.

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Boozell, Joe has also been a college sports writer for NCAA.com since 2015. His work has also appeared in Bleacher Report, FoxSports.com and NBA.com. Growing up, Boozell squared off against both Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky in the Chicagoland basketball scene … you can imagine how that went.

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