A retail sportsbook, complete with betting windows and self-serve kiosks, is in the works at one of baseball’s most iconic venues, Wrigley Field.
On Thursday, the Chicago Cubs announced a multiyear partnership with DraftKings that includes plans for putting a sportsbook at Wrigley Field or in the Wrigleyville area outside of the park.
The Cubs are the first Major League Baseball franchise to commit to opening a retail sportsbook on their stadium premises.
“An increasing number of sports fans want to integrate sports betting into their game experience, and we’re excited to be one of the first to engage in developing a retail sportsbook at a professional sports venue,” Crane Kenney, president of business operations for the Cubs, said in a release announcing the deal.
Today, the @Cubs named @DraftKings as their first-ever Official & Exclusive Sports Betting and Daily Fantasy Partner with plans to pursue a flagship retail sportsbook at Wrigley Field. Full release here: https://t.co/B7uUyEJOvO
— DraftKings News (@DraftKingsNews) September 3, 2020
The exact location of the sportsbook has not been determined, and with several regulatory steps still needed, no specific timeline is in place. Wrigley Field must receive development approval from the City of Chicago. DraftKings, as the Cubs’ designated sports operator, must apply for a master sports wagering license with the Illinois Gaming Board.
Financial details, including how and if the revenue from the sportsbook will be shared between DraftKings and the Cubs, were not disclosed. DraftKings becomes the official sports betting and daily fantasy partner of the Cubs with the deal.
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