FanDuel’s retail sportsbook at the Footprints Center, the home of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury, will commence sports betting operations on September 9th.
A second retail betting shop at the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chase Field operated by Caesars Sportsbook is also getting ready for the September 9th launch,
FanDuel Looking to Get a Jump on the Market
With the state setting September 9th or the opening day of the 2021 NFL season as the launch date of legal Arizona sports betting, FanDuel looks to get a jump on the market. Right now, the sports betting company is scrambling to finish construction and licensing before the kick off date.
Stretching over 6,300 square feet, the luxury betting shop will have a full-service ticket window and several self-service kiosks to take bets on a daily basis. Phoenix fans in the Footprint Center will also be allowed to place bets using mobile devices on game days inside the arena.
Betting Via Kiosks
While FanDuel’s sportsbook at Footprint Center will be ready on September 9th, Caesars Sportsbook at Chase Field will operate via free-standing betting kiosks operated by the gambling company. With the MLB regular season ending on October 3rd, Caesars will get their full-function retail sportsbook ready by early 2022.
The site of the Caesars sportsbook will be the former Game 7 Grill on the Plaza just outside Chase Field. During the MLB offseason, Caesars will transform that venue into a 20,000 square foot retail betting shop with a bar, restaurant, numerous TVs broadcasting games, and tons of betting options.
Unclear How Many Retail Betting Shops
Sports betting was legalized in Arizona earlier this year and the Department of Gambling has just finished accepting applications from pro sports teams and Native American tribes that plan to engage in legal sports betting. According to the department, they received 10 applications from pro sports teams and 15 applications from the tribes.
It’s unclear how many sports betting companies will operate retail betting shops on the September 11th launch date. However, punters will have multiple mobile betting options to choose from with the other sportsbooks planning to launch their digital apps on the NFL’s opening day.