Gov. Mike DeWine signed a sports betting bill into law on Wednesday. Rush Street Interactive looks to take advantage of the situation.
On Thursday, the company announced that it will soon operate a sportsbook at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village in Canton, Ohio. Johnson Controls will be backing it up.
Rush Street is Set to Open a Sportsbook in Canton, Ohio
Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company is the only resort, entertainment, and media company that revolves around professional football. The terms of the sports betting operations partnership will be a ten-year deal.
According to a press release, Rush Street Interactive’s sportsbook will be located in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village. Sports betting is technically legal in the state, but sportsbooks cannot operate at the moment.
However, as part of the partnership, the expansion will include adding restaurants, retail outlets, a performance center, an indoor water park, a Hilton hotel, and an office used for business and retail space.
The Hall of Fame Village is one of the state’s most intriguing construction sites in the state. Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, connected to the Village, hosts the first NFL preseason game every year. Through its brand partnerships, HOFV has access to the Pro Football Hall of Famers and the legends of the NFL.
The location features a museum that allows fans to appreciate the talent and achievements of those who went above and beyond in their respective careers.
It is also a unique area as it is home to the world’s most extensive collection of professional football memorabilia.
Richard Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of RSI, stated in the press release, “We are excited to partner with the Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company, a unique sports and entertainment company with exceptional reach in professional football and beyond.”
Being one of a kind location, RSI and HOFV share the same goals of focusing on making the fan experience better.
The Hall of Fame Village campus gets millions of visitors each year, so fan engagement is vital for both brands. With the addition of a sportsbook, fans across the United States and the world can enjoy their stay while at the location.
Michael Crawford, President and Chief Executive Officer of HOFV stated in a press release, “With the legalization of sports betting in Ohio, we see a variety of opportunities and benefits across our company’s multiple business lines,…We are thrilled to work with RSI to bring a retail sportsbook to the Hall of Fame Village’s Fan Engagement Zone and provide guests and fans a new and enhanced way to interact with their favorite sports, all conveniently from our campus.”
Ohio is Establishing a Sports Betting Market
The Ohio Casino Control Commission has to set the rules and regulations before bettors can place a wager on an array of different events. The framework for now is that residents across the state will soon be able to place bets through mobile devices or in-person sportsbooks, bars, restaurants, and other locations with liquor licenses.
Under the new law, sports betting must launch before January 1, 2023. The sports betting market will most likely launch well before that date.
RSI is currently operating in twelve states, including neighboring states like Pennsylvania, Indiana, and West Virginia. RSI was the first online sportsbook operator to launch in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, and Colorado.