With the recent development in legal Ohio sports betting, Rush Street Interactive announced on Thursday its plan to open a retail sportsbook in the entertainment district surrounding the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton.
In a statement, Rush Street Interactive Chief Executive Officer Richard Schwartz said:
“We are excited to partner with the Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company, a unique sports and entertainment company with exceptional reach in professional football and beyond. HOFV shares RSI’s drive to create fun, memorable experiences for customers as well as our passion for building a one-of-a-kind destination that will delight the millions of guests that will visit the Hall of Fame Village campus each year. We look forward to offering a best-in-class sportsbook commensurate with the prestige of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Village that fans across the country and world can enjoy.”
DeWine Signs Ohio Sports Betting Law
The announcement came one day after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed Ohio’s sports betting bill into a law, ending a three-year process process that started with the United States Supreme Court revoked the 1992 PASPA in 2018. Since that decision, several bills were filed in the House and Senate but it wasn’t until House Bill 29 was signed by DeWine that the light at the end of the tunnel was seen.
With the Buckeye stating becoming the 33d state to legalize sports betting in its jurisdiction, Ohio sports bettors can expect to place legal sports bets no later than January 1, 2023, which is the latest launch date of Ohio legal sports betting as per the recently promulgated law. Under the law, casinos, stadiums, bars, and restaurants in the state are allowed to apply for a sports betting license with approved operators charged a 10% tax on revenues.
Disneyland of Football
The location of the Rush Street Interactive retail sportsbook will be at the Hall of Fame Village, specifically at the current retail and entertainment project called the Fan Engagement Zone. It will be the first sportsbook to be located in the Hall of Fame of the four major professional sports. There are no plans to build one in Cooperstown where baseball’s Hall of Fame is at or at Toronto where the NHL Hall of Fame is located. On the other hand, sports betting isn’t legal yet in Massachusetts, where basketball’s greats are enshrined.
Dubbed as the “Disneyland of Football”, the Village is powered by Johnson Controls and will also house restaurants, retail outlet, a performance center, and indoor water park, a Hilton Hotel, and a mixed use office and retail space. A world-class 20,000 seat sports and entertainment stadium called the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium is currently under construction in the village.