Fanatics has disclosed plans to add further depth to the US’ trend of adding retail sportsbook spaces within stadia, as the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Columbus’ Arena District gets set to host such a facility.
Despite still being in beta within the state of Ohio, as well as Maryland, Massachusetts and Tennessee, this latest development is stated to be on track to swing open its doors during next month.
“The Columbus Blue Jackets are constantly seeking new and exciting ways to engage with our fans,” said Cameron Scholvin, Blue Jackets Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
“We believe this collaboration with Fanatics Betting and Gaming on a world-class sportsbook location just outside the doors of Nationwide Arena in the heart of the Arena District does just that.”
The Fanatics Sportsbook Columbus will span 5,000 square feet and feature four betting windows, 14 self-service betting kiosks, an LED Video Wall, 20 TV monitors and a full-service restaurant.
Fanatics, headquartered in New York, boasts the only retail sportsbook inside an NFL stadium at FedExField in Maryland. The group is also working on opening a second retail facility in Ohio in tandem with the Cleveland Guardians.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Blue Jackets to bring a world-class retail experience to the arena district in downtown Columbus,” added Ari Borod, Chief Business Officer, Fanatics Betting and Gaming.
“The Jackets are one of the youngest teams in the league, and we are excited to leverage our partnership to grow with them and complement our online sports betting experience that is currently being beta-tested in Ohio.”