It has received approval for both and is expected to launch DFS on Aug. 28 and sports betting on Sept. 9 when Arizona sports betting apps go live in conjunction with the Arizona NFL betting beginning, the company said Monday. On Aug. 28, sportsbooks can begin signing up residents to start a pre-registration period before launch.
FanDuel previously announced it would partner with the Phoenix Suns on a 7,400-square-foot sportsbook at downtown’s Footprint Center, with the Suns becoming one of the first NBA teams to have such a facility in their arena.
The Footprint Center sportsbook is scheduled to open to the public in early September, a company spokesperson told BetArizona.com, and recently released details of the sportsbook.
Monday’s news, first reported by Sports Handle, sets the table for what’s sure to be an avalanche of similar announcements in the coming days.
Arizona Sports Betting Applicants
In total, 20 sports betting licenses will be given out by the Arizona Department of Gaming, split evenly among tribes and their partners and professional sports teams.
No other licenses have been confirmed to date, as the department won’t release official word on who received permits until everyone has been notified, which is expected to come before Friday.
So far, the Suns (FanDuel), Phoenix Mercury (Bally’s), Arizona Diamondbacks (Caesars Sportsbook Arizona and Arizona Cardinals (BetMGM Arizona/Gila River Community) have publicly confirmed applying for an operator’s licenses.
Additionally, Phoenix Rising FC of the United Soccer League Championship has partnered with an operator but has not confirmed who, as of Monday afternoon.
Barstool and Phoenix International Raceway and DraftKings Arizona and TPC Scottsdale have also applied for licenses.
The Arizona Coyotes are the lone Phoenix area professional sports team that has not announced plans to partner with a sportsbook operator.
Tribes and Sportsbook Operators
Operators that have applied for licenses with Arizona tribes include:
- PointsBet Arizona Sportsbook (Cliff Castle Hotel/Yavapai-Apache Nation);
- WynnBet Arizona (Apache Gold and Sky casinos/San Carlos Apache);
- William Hill/Caesars (Harrah’s AK-Chin Casino);
- TwinSpires Arizona Sportsbook (Mazatal Hotel & Casino/Tonto Apache Nation);
- BlueBet (Colorado River Indian Tribes);
- Unibet Sportsbook Arizona (Fort Yuma Indian Reservation);
- Betfred (Fort McDowell Nation Gila River Community).