Construction Starts On DraftKings Sportsbook At Wrigley Field

Written By Jake Garza on June 28, 2022
Cubs start construction on Wrigley Field DraftKings Sportsbook

Construction has finally begun on the new DraftKings Sportsbook at Wrigley Field. This will make the Chicago Cubs’ home field the first stadium in Illinois to have its own sportsbook.

Gamblers in the state will soon have a new Illinois sports betting option, with the beam signing visible in the rearview.

Wrigley Field sportsbook

The Cubs, recognized as one of the most renowned franchises in professional sports, are now seeking to further leverage their popularity.

Wrigley’s sportsbook, set to open in 2023, will add a host of new features to one of Major League Baseball’s oldest ballparks, which currently lacks many modern amenities.

The DraftKings Sportsbook in the arena is currently being constructed at the intersection of Sheffield Avenue and Addison Street. Once operational, it will have the capacity to accommodate up to 1,000 gamblers.

The area will boast a 2,000-square-foot video screen that will showcase a variety of stats, scores, and betting odds for the Cubs.

You can still enjoy the area even if you’re not betting on the team playing at the ballpark. The DraftKings Sportsbook will be open throughout the year, not only during the MLB season.

Cubs Presidents of Business Operations Crane Kenney stated that the year-round business would be one of the most significant assets for the sportsbook.

The beam signing ceremony today signifies a remarkable landmark in our enduring partnership with DraftKings. We are setting the stage for a unique sportsbook that will amplify the gameday experience for Wrigley Field’s fans and visitors. We are thrilled to announce our plans to open in 2023 and add a year-round entertainment venue to the campus.

Competing with Wrigleyville

In simpler terms, the new sportsbook at Wrigley Field will be competing directly with the multitude of bars and restaurants in Wrigleyville that Cubs fans often visit before games.

DraftKings has envisioned several unique features, hoping they will be sufficient to attract those game-day funds.

Primarily, the sportsbook is clearly relying on the notion that you can place bets on sports within its premises.

Wrigley’s sportsbook will have a traditional walk-up counter for placing bets, along with kiosks for gamblers who wish to avoid queues.

DraftKings is also constructing a special bar branded by Jim Beam to cater to the area.

The bar will also offer food to its patrons, featuring American-style options that are akin to those found in the traditional sections of Wrigley. This makes it an excellent choice for bettors craving for ballpark food on non-Cubs game days.

Despite the introduction of new features, the launching of a sportsbook signifies the next phase for one of baseball’s most iconic stadiums, Wrigley Field. This move aligns with other stadiums across the nation, all of which are capitalizing on the timely expansion of gambling.

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