Fanatics opens second retail sportsbook in Ohio
Emerging sports betting operator follows up full online launch with retail book debut in Buckeye State
Fanatics Betting and Gaming (FBG) has opened its second US retail sportsbook at Progressive Field, home to the Cleveland Guardians, FBG’s partner in Ohio.
Located outside the Right Field District Gate at the corner of Larry Doby Way and East 9th Street, the 600 sq ft newly designed sportsbook features two betting windows, four self-service betting kiosks, and seven TV monitors.
Guardians fans seeking to place an in-person bet will not require a Guardians game ticket to access the sportsbook.
On game days, the Fanatics Sportsbook at Progressive Field will be open two hours prior to first pitch and stay open through to the conclusion of the game.
FBG has confirmed that all on-site staff have received training in responsible gambling and how to recognize the signs of problem gambling.
The Progressive Field sportsbook is Fanatics’ second retail property, with FBG opening its first at the FedEx Field in Maryland, home of the NFL side the Washington Commanders, in January 2023.
FBG chief business officer Ari Borod welcomed the first Major League Baseball sportsbook launch for the firm.
“We designed this location to complement our online sports betting app and usher in a brand-new sports betting experience with the most rewarding online sportsbook in Ohio, allowing customers to earn up to 5% back in FanCash on every bet,” Borod added.
FBG has plans to open a second retail sportsbook property in Ohio in partnership with National Hockey League side the Columbus Blue Jackets later this year.
Last week, FBG confirmed the full launch of its online sportsbook across four US states, including Ohio, following a six-month beta testing period.
FBG was initially licensed to operate both retail and online sportsbooks in Ohio in January 2023.
In May, the operator was forced to withdraw a cross-selling promotion between its online sportsbook and its merchandising business after being instructed to do so by the Ohio Casino Control Commission.