It is a marriage of sorts between one of the oldest parks in baseball and one of the newest ways to enjoy the game. DraftKings is taking the wraps off its 17,000-square-foot Wrigley Field Sportsbook, but you won’t be able to place a bet there just yet.
The two-level space is designed like a stadium, with a lower level for tables and a bar and an upper level for additional seating and private events. The focal point isn’t a ball diamond, but rather a 2,000-square-foot video wall so large it wraps around the corner of Addison and Sheffield.
But venues like this are likely to be the next step in what is already a booming industry. Since it was legalized in 2019, the handle or the amount of money wagered by Illinois sports bettors has skyrocketed. According to the Illinois Gaming Board, it has climbed from $9 million in 2020 to $5.1 billion in 2021 and $8.5 billion last year.
And while DraftKings doesn’t want to jinx its application with the board, the cashier’s station is ready along with power and ethernet connections where each of the betting kiosks would go.
But for now, DraftKings is relying on Chef David Burns’ kitchen and a bar as long as the video wall to make this sportsbook a destination. Guests will have to be 21 and over.
The DraftKings Sportsbook, if it wins approval, will not be alone. The Chicago City Council in 2021 passed an ordinance making similar operations possible at Soldier Field, Guaranteed Rate Field, Wintrust Arena and the United Center where the FanDuel Group has already applied for a license.
The DraftKings Sportsbook Wrigley Field is set to open for food and beverage service on June 27.