FanDuel, United Center Announce Plans To Open In-Arena Sportsbook

Written By Joe Boozell on January 31, 2022

FanDuel Sportsbook and the United Center, home to the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks, announced plans to open a two-story sportsbook at the arena on Monday.

FanDuel is a prominent advertiser at Bulls and Blackhawks games. So with Illinois law allowing sportsbooks at stadiums, this seemed to be a logical partnership. It’s official now.

In a speech, Howard Pizer, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Center, stated:

& ldquo, FanDuel is the ideal partner in the development of the casino at the United Center because they are the industry leader in sports betting with a sizable and devoted existing consumer base. It is made to provide sports fans with a brand-new, completely engaging betting lounge experience that is unmatched. & rdquo,

Previously, the city of Chicago had a sports betting ban in place despite the new state law. However, the City Council lifted the ban near the end of 2021.

That means sports betting at stadiums is a go, and we should see more of these partnerships. DraftKings and the Chicago Cubs already have plans to build a sportsbook at Wrigley Field.

FanDuel Group’s CEO, Amy Howe, stated:

Ideas for our casino club inside the United Center reflect the fervor of Chicago sports enthusiasts, who are some of the most devoted and enthusiastic in the world. Our team has a history of providing top-notch retail locations for fans, and we can’t wait to elevate this betting club to the top spot for Chicago sports fans and provide them with an in-depth understanding of the FanDuel company. & rdquo,

The text will be situated next to the hall at the United Center.

United Center FanDuel Sportsbook’s second steps

FanDuel and the United Center must still submit applications to the Illinois Gaming Board( IGB ) in order to offer sports betting, even though the plans are official.

IGB acceptance typically takes some time. Having said that, we are unsure of the length of time it will take for this plan to get approved because it has not yet been put into effect.

It’s important to note that DraftKings and the Cubs intend to open their sportsbooks before the football season of 2023. The 2023 – 2024 basketball / hockey season would make sense if FanDuel and the United Center were a little behind that timeline.

Had FanDuel opened a number of sportsbooks in stadiums in Chicago?

Exciting fact: Jerry Reinsdorf is the owner of both the Bulls and the White Sox.

Additionally, FanDuel advertisements were all over Guaranteed Rate Field during the 2021 football season. It & rsquo, it’s not difficult to picture a FanDuel / White Sox collaboration as well.

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With that said, there are plenty of variables in play. With in-person registration going away by March 5, more sportsbooks will join the Illinois market (such asBetMGM). So the White Sox will have plenty of potential partners to choose from.

BetRivers Illinoisis the Chicago Bears‘ formal gambling partner, so a BetRivers Sportsbook at Soldier Field may make sense. Holding off on a wholesale casino in the Bears would probably make sense given that they want to move from Soldier Field to Arlington Park. near potential.

FanDuel is the market leader in Illinois by revenue. In partnering with the United Center, where fans will be able to bet on the Bulls and Blackhawks 41 times per year apiece excluding the playoffs, it is solidifying its footprint in one of the biggest sports betting markets in the US.

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