This week the Chicago Cubs and DraftKings had a commemorative beam signing ceremony at Wrigley Field to mark the end of primary construction for the latter's sportsbook at the iconic baseball stadium.
The sportsbook is slated to open in 2023 and will have 22,350 square feet of space with a capacity of 1,000 people. It will have a 2,000 square foot video screen, betting kiosks, betting windows, and a restaurant. Wrigley Field was opened in 1914 and is seen as an iconic baseball stadium, similar in vein to Fenway Park, which is based in Boston.
During the ceremony, DraftKings CEO Jason Robins said, "We are thrilled to celebrate the latest milestone in our collaborative efforts with the Chicago Cubs to bring a world-class entertainment experience for customers to iconic Wrigley Field. DraftKings is proud to be associated with one of the most historic and recognized organizations in all of sports as we near completion of this highly anticipated project."
Chicago Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney added: "Today's beam signing ceremony marks a significant milestone with longtime partner DraftKings to create a one-of-a-kind sportsbook that will enhance the gameday environment for fans and visitors to Wrigley Field. With our opening planned for 2023, we're excited to add a year-round entertainment venue to campus."
DraftKings has been cementing itself as a major player in the American sportsbetting market, having spent millions of dollars on sponsorships and advertising campaigns in states where the activity is regulated. This is a big move for the company, providing a space for gamblers to get their bets in at during games.