BetMGM has announced a partnership with Gila River Hotels & Casinos as well as the Arizona Cardinals that will see a sportsbook be established at State Farm Stadium in time for the 2022 National Football League season, the first time that an NFL team will have a retail betting location in a stadium.
The deal gives BetMGM access to the state’s online sports betting market, which will launch later this fall. Along with State Farm Stadium, retail sportsbooks will be launched at three Gila River properties within the state.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to build upon our long-standing relationship with Gila River and launch a new one with BetMGM,” Arizona Cardinals Owner Michael Bidwell said. “They are best-in-class partners whose excellence and expertise in this emerging space will provide a new and innovative way to engage and interact with our fans.”
Arizona, along with Illinois and the District of Columbia, allow professional sports teams to offer sports betting at its venues. Within D.C., Capital One Arena has a retail sportsbook that opened up earlier this year with plans to have one located at Nationals Park as well. Wrigley Field was given approval to have a sportsbook on the premises last week and the Phoenix Suns said it would have a sportsbook in its arena at a future date.
“Arizona sports fans are extremely passionate and we’re confident they’ll enjoy the BetMGM experience,” said BetMGM Chief Executive Officer Adam Greenblatt. “Gila River Hotels & Casinos and the Arizona Cardinals represent the state’s premier casino destinations and sports franchise, making them the ideal partners for us.”