Ohio Stadium Sportsbooks Waiting For the January 1 Launch

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Ohio Stadium Sportsbooks are the place to be for all your sports betting needs come January 1, 2023. The Ohio sports betting launch date is finally set, and that means fans can start planning their trip to the stadium to place a bet on their favorite team.

While online sports betting has become increasingly popular in recent years, retail sports betting still has some advantages. For one thing, it offers a more personal experience. Bettors can go to a physical location and talk to other people who are interested in the same sports.

In addition, retail sports betting does not require a smartphone or a stable internet connection for a better experience.

Finally, retail sports betting offers a sense of community that online sports betting lacks. For many people, this is an important factor in their decision to continue to place bets at a brick-and-mortar location. 

Retail Sportsbooks at Ohio Stadiums

Most Ohio professional teams already announced their partner sportsbooks for online and retail operations. For a retail location to have regulated sports betting, a Type B license must be obtained from the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC).

The first Ohio professional teams to secure a conditional approval are the Cincinnati Reds and Cleaveland Brown, but other teams followed on the next release.

Most of the Ohio teams had a retail sportsbook at their home field or court except the Cincinnati Bengals which decided to not apply due to their interpretation of NFL regulations and the Cleveland Guardians which is planning to have a sportsbook at the location but is yet to announce its official partner.

Here’s an overview of the retail sportsbook experience at Ohio Stadiums.

NFLCleveland BrownsFirstEnergy StadiumBally Bet Sportsbook
NFLCincinnati BengalsPaul Brown StadiumN/A
MLBCincinnati RedsGreat American BallparkBetMGM sportsbook
MLBCleveland GuardiansProgressive FieldTBA
NBACleveland CavaliersRocket Mortgage FieldHouseCaesars Sportsbook & Fubo
NHLColumbus Blue JacketsNationwide ArenaFanatics Sportsbook

Other Approved Retail Sports Betting Sites

While it is expected that Ohioans will bet more on Ohio Stadiums, other retail locations are also available, these are the Ohio casinos and racinos like Belterra Park which partnered with FanDuel sportsbook. The MGM Northfield Park also had a BetMGM Sportsbook, and Scioto Downs had Caesars.

Meanwhile, Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway and Hollywood Casino Columbus partnered with Barstool Ohio sportsbook. Overall, 17 retail locations have already been approved by the commission.