The Chicago Cubs are considering opening a sportsbook at Wrigley Field once sports betting becomes legalized in Illinois, ESPN reports.
The Illinois sports betting bill, which was passed by the state legislature but is waiting the signature of Governor J.B. Pritzker, allows sports facilities with a seating capacity greater than 17,000 to apply for a license to offer sports betting inside or within a five-block radius of the venues.
This would include Wrigley Field, as well as Soldier Field (home of the NFL Chicago Bears), the United Center (NBA Chicago Bulls and NHL Chicago Blackhawks), Guaranteed Rate Park (MLB Chicago White Sox), SeatGeek Stadium (MLS Chicago Fire), Chicagoland Speedway (Nascar), and World Wide Technology Raceway (Nascar/IndyCar).
Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association both have rules prohibiting betting kiosks inside a club’s stadium, but this could change as sports betting legislation evolves and expands in the United States.
“We will work with our clubs to explore the opportunities presented by the rapidly evolving sports betting landscape in a socially responsible manner,” an MLB spokesperson told ESPN.
Ted Leonsis, the owner of the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards, has openly talked about opening a sportsbook at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.