Dodger Stadium might be considering a sportsbook
Nothing definite has been announced, but the signs point to sports gambling coming to the stadium
Dodger Stadium is still Dodger Stadium – not Wrigley Field or Gatorade Arena. However, things can change and the stadium might eventually decide to sell naming rights. In the meantime, Dodger Stadium will keep its iconic name, but is undergoing a number of other changes to keep up with the times. It has just unveiled new renovations at the stadium, of which one in particular is raising eyebrows. Dodger Stadium could be considering launching a sportsbook.
Per a video presentation of the latest renovations, the center field area now features statues of Jackie Robinson and Sandy Koufax, new eateries and a playground for children. With all the money invested, seeking a corporate sponsor for the new area – or even the entire stadium – is not out of the realm of possibility.
Since opening in 1962, Dodger Stadium has never been known as anything else. The president of the MLB team, Stan Kasten, is willing to keep his options open, though, and might consider a sponsorship deal in the future. He explains, “It depends who you are and what you are looking for, what the package is, and what the price includes. I don’t think there is one way to answer that question. That’s not a thing that would work for everyone. It might work for some people. We’ll find out.”
What really stands out in the renovations, though, is something that appeared in artist renderings. That rendering shows a string of odds on different MLB and other sports games, which many are now saying indicates that a sportsbook could be coming.
If Kasten and the team want a sportsbook, they need to start working now, as any legal measure to legalize sports gambling in California is almost definitely going to meet resistance by the state’s tribes, If everything goes well for California and the sports gambling market, it’s possible that wagers could be placed at the venue as early as the 2021 MLB season.