. DraftKings Takes Swing At PGA Tour With Retail Sportsbook In Phoenix

DraftKings Takes Swing At PGA Tour With Retail Sportsbook In Phoenix

Written By T.J. McBride on February 21, 2023Last Updated on February 23, 2023
DraftKings to build retail sportsbook by TPC Scottsdale in Phoenix

It was inevitable that major operators would later become interested in golf courses as more professional sports teams collaborated with sportsbooks. At TPC Scottsdale, which hosts the Phoenix Open annually, DraftKings is constructing a real betting.

When it debuts in October, the financial betting will be the first at a PGA Tour golf program. It won’t be the last, for sure.

Arizona’s fourth physical sportsbook will be DraftKings & rsquo.

There’s just a few brick-and-mortar sportsbooks in the state, but there are 18 sportsbooks available for online sports betting in Arizona. The new DraftKings retail venue will become one of just four physical sportsbooks in Arizona.

In Scottsdale, building is currently ongoing and should be finished in eight weeks.

The DraftKings casino may include 40 betting kiosks and seven ticketing windows. 400 people can sit inside, and there is more space on the patio around. The course & rsquo, 18th hole, and the TPC Scottsdale clubhouse are both directly across from the location.

PGA Tour believes that bookmakers will attract more supporters.

Natural bookmakers at the PGA Tour’s events have a number of advantages. They can increase audience participation and in-person presence at events. Additionally, they can draw in a younger, more varied fan base for the sport.

In Arizona last December, bets on sports totaled more than$ 600 million. That & rsquo, or more than$ 500,000,000 in a single month. According to Norb Gambuzza, senior vice president of media and entertainment for the PGA Tour, it & rsquo is understandable why the Tour is excited.

& ldquo, Through the lens of sports betting, one part of the overall strategy is to attract more new fans and increase engagement with current ones. That is really at the top of the list when we discuss our plan. Building the betting is one type of erect in that technique, which includes a variety of other activities as part of it in this market access deal in Arizona. & rdquo,

The ability to place bets increases how much more people enjoy watching sports and going to sporting activities. Additionally, when there is money on the outcome, fans tend to engage themselves more deeply in a sport.

Phoenix native Patrick Fortuna, who attended the Phoenix Open earlier this month, told Cronkite News that he believes real casinos at events will spark interest from spectators.

A sportsbook encourages people to gamble regardless of the situation, & ldquo. And I believe that even though I am not a huge sport fan and that I enjoy golf, I would still be more encouraged to come to this location if there were more sportsbooks that would encourage people to wager on the sport. and take pleasure in sports. & rdquo,

Phoenix Open tournament presence is great.

There were other sportsbooks besides DraftKings that were interested in opening a real betting at ITC Scottsdale. Gambuzza told Cronkite News that because it is far from various casinos in Phoenix, there is little to no competition there.

& ldquo, If you were to map and plot the locations of all these( sportsbooks ), you would notice that we have a slight geographic advantage, are distinct, and are located close to an area with an economic advantage that is somewhat more wealthy. Therefore, I believe that is one of the factors DraftKings was intrigued by this as well because of its potential to be a little bit unique from the others. & rdquo,

The Phoenix Open’s large attending also helps. That reality wasn’t lost on DraftKings, according to Gambuzza.

& ldquo, It is this golf tournament that has such a unique personality and large turnout. Andhellip, you have this fantastic competition, the Thunderbirds, who manage it, Waste Management as the tournament’s patron, and TPC Scottsdale. If we’re going to do this, we have the components for a truly unique and powerful venture, so let’s do it, it kind of came to that. & rsquo, Andrdquo

It’s interesting to note that, with the exception of the Phoenix Open, DraftKings & rsquo sportsbook will be accessible to everyone. During the February game, it will serve as a hospitality area for VIP visitors.

Arizona’s major stadiums and venues have in-house casinos.

The second retail sportsbook at a golf course on the PGA Tour is DraftKings. It & rsquo, however, is not the first at Arizona’s home of professional sports teams.

In actuality, physical sportsbooks are housed in & nbsp, the home arenas and stadiums of the NFL & rsquo, Arizona Cardinals, MLB +, and Arizona Diamondbacks as well as the Phoenix Suns.

    Arizona Cardinals’ home State Farm Stadium: BetMGM financial betting
  • Phoenix Suns’ home stadium, Footprint Center: FanDuel financial casino
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ household field is Chase Field, and Caesars Entertainment is a financial sportsbook.

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McBride, T. J. is a writer and reporter based in Denver who covers the Denver Nuggets as a beat writer. He contributes regularly to PlayTexas on issues surrounding the illegal gaming market. His byline can be found across many websites such as ESPN, FiveThirtyEight, Bleacher Report and others.

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