PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Caesars Entertainment has announced a partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks to bring sports betting to downtown Phoenix.
The location formerly known as Game 7 Grill on the Plaza at Chase Field will turn into a sportsbook and bar. The partnership with Caesars Entertainment will allow betting where fans will also be able to earn credits and tier status to unlock experiences through the Caesars Rewards program. Credits can be redeemed in the form of hospitality, entertainment, food and beverage, and gaming experiences, including access to VIP experiences with the D-backs at Chase Field.
“We have long enjoyed successful gaming operations in Arizona and are delighted to expand into sports betting alongside the Arizona Diamondbacks,” said Tom Reeg, CEO of Caesars Entertainment. “Together, we have the opportunity to create new ways for baseball fans to engage with the game both in-person near the ballpark and online anywhere in Arizona. Our ability to tie those into our Caesars Rewards network will create an unbeatable experience for any sports fan.”
Right now, it is unclear when the sportsbook will open due to pending approval from the federal government, but Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall hopes to have it open and taking bets by the end of the summer.
"It's not just going to be during the season; it's going to be throughout the year that people can come here and bet on sports be it for the Super Bowl, March Madness, or Wimbledon or The Masters," he said.
Because Caesars, which already experience opening betting venues adjacent to sporting arenas/stadiums, will be operating all aspects of the sportsbook, Hall assures fans the integrity of the game of baseball will remain intact.
"The Diamondbacks cannot benefit from baseball betting at all -- and that's international baseball, it's college baseball -- any sort of baseball or softball," he said, adding that no D-Backs employee can place bets on baseball, either.