Sportsbook could come to Wrigley Field
The Chicago Cubs could soon offer on-site sports gambling at their home field
Illinois lawmakers approved a bill earlier this month that will legalize sports gambling in the state. As the regulations and framework are being finalized, sports gambling operators are already preparing to set up shop, and one of the most iconic venues in sports could have its own sportsbook, as well. The Chicago Cubs are said to be considering launching a sportsbook at the stadium, as well as in locations around the perimeter.
The Cubs, as well as other franchises that call the stadium home, are talking about “betting windows, automated kiosks and even a full-blown sportsbook venue inside the stadium,” according to David Purdum from ESPN. No official plans have yet been put into place, but will most likely come in the next few weeks.
Illinois passed sports gambling legislation on June 2 and sent it to Governor J.B. Pritzker for his signature. He hasn’t signed off on the bill yet, but it won’t be long. Pritzker has already said that he’s in favor of sports gambling and will sign off on the legislation, barring any last-minute action that could force him to change his mind.
Even after the governor signs the bill into law, there will still be another hurdle to jump. MLB has not agreed to allow sports gambling inside of stadiums, but this could change in the near future. According to a spokesperson with the league, “We will work with our clubs to explore the opportunities presented by the rapidly evolving sports betting landscape in a socially responsible manner.”