Chicago Cubs Partner with DraftKings to Open Sportsbook at Wrigley Field (or Surrounding Area)

The Chicago Cubs will be the first MLB franchise to open a retail sportsbook at their stadium, agreeing to a multi-year partnership with DraftKings.

According to a story at ESPN, it will come with betting windows and self serve kiosks:

On Thursday, the Chicago Cubs announced a multiyear partnership with DraftKings that includes plans for putting a sportsbook at Wrigley Field or in the Wrigleyville area outside of the park.

“An increasing number of sports fans want to integrate sports betting into their game experience, and we’re excited to be one of the first to engage in developing a retail sportsbook at a professional sports venue,” Crane Kenney, president of business operations for the Cubs, said in a release announcing the deal.

The exact location of the sportsbook has not been determined, and with several regulatory steps still needed, no specific timeline is in place. Wrigley Field must receive development approval from the City of Chicago. DraftKings, as the Cubs’ designated sports operator, must apply for a master sports wagering license with the Illinois Gaming Board.

Legal sports betting launched in Illinois this summer. Here in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, DraftKings has been live for some time.

As the story mentions, the sportsbook might not actually be in the stadium, but surrounding area of Wrigleyville, which has a lot of bars and clubs. Regardless, it’s a huge deal and would signal a significant change considering that MLB has never wanted anything to do with legal sports betting in the past.