The Chicago Cubs were the first Major League Baseball team to announce that they will be building a retail sportsbook at their ball park. But the Washington Nationals beat them to the draw by opening the first active retail sportsbook connected to an MLB stadium last month.
Wrigley Field though, is pushing through with its plans to build a retail sportsbook at its area. Last week, a foundation permit was issued for the new addition at the ballpark, located at 1012 W. Addison St. With the foundation permit on hand, developer Pepper Construction can move ahead with the project, which has a timeline of roughly one year and a target completion date of th end of 2022.
Delayed by COVID-19
The plans to build a retail sportsbook at Wrigley Field was first revealed by the Cubs and DraftKings in September 2020. But with all the restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the project was delayed. But with the protocols more relaxed right now, the betting shop is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
According to the design from Gensler, the DraftKings sportsbook will stand thee floors, measuring 22,530 square feet. The betting shop will feature both betting windows and self-service betting kiosks.It will also offer food and beverages in the same manner as other ballpark and stadium sportsbooks in the country.
Located at Former Captain Morgan’s Club
It will be located in the former Captain Morgans Club in the right-field corner of the iconic ballpark. The club has been closed for several years now and was supposed to be subject for replacement under the $550 million 1060 Project renovations that began in 2015.
However, with the state legalizing sports betting in 2020 and other professional sports clubs around the country establishing retail betting shops in their venues, management decided to build a sportsbook instead, which was approved by Chicago authorities last year.