Cubs' plan to construct sportsbook next to Wrigley Field gets approved
|Sunday, August 8, 2021, 8:41 PM- -|
CHICAGO — Looking to take advantage of the ever-expanding market for sports betting, the Chicago Cubs franchise is planning to construct a two-story sportsbook that will be located right next to Wrigley Field. The Cubs received approval from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks this week to move forward with the construction plans.
The commission's vote was unanimous, and the project is expected to take approximately a year to complete, with the sportsbook set to be built near the southeast corner of the Friendly Confines. The Cubs partnered with sports betting company DraftKings in 2020, and the two entities announced plans to team up in constructing the sportsbook, which will be one of the first located at a professional sports venue in the United States.
The Cubs released a statement on the sportsbook plan, stating, "While the game of baseball has largely been the same for the last 150 years, the fans have changed. The way they consume baseball is different through emerging technology and content platforms. Sports wagering is becoming a big part of that change, and this sportsbook will allow us to connect fans to the game in new ways."