The first Super Bowl to be held in a state with legalized sports betting will take place in a little more than 220 days.
Super Bowl LVII, which is scheduled to be held at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Feb. 12, will be the first — thanks to Arizona sports betting becoming legal at the start of the 2021 NFL regular season.
Now, fans coming to the desert next winter will be able to take part in Super Bowl betting, while also taking in a slew of game-related entertainment — such as the multi-day, free outdoor festival that will take place during game week at downtown’s Margaret T. Nance Park.
The park is a little more than a mile-and-a-half away from the Caesars Sportsbook Arizona at Chase Field.
It’s even closer to the FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona at Footprint Center. Nance Park will host the live music and entertainment festival, while the Phoenix Convention Center will host the Super Bowl Experience in 2023.
“We are thrilled to showcase Arizona and celebrate the Super Bowl by offering a free festival for all to enjoy. This stop on local and visiting fans’ Super Bowl journey will be an experience that will highlight our state’s diverse and vibrant culture,” Jay Parry, president & chief executive officer of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, said in a press release.
Football Drives Sports Betting Market
One thing that’ll be interesting to keep an eye on is what Arizona sports betting apps bring to the Big Game.
Never before has a Super Bowl host city had wagering at its disposal. Arizona Department of Gaming Director Ted Vogt told BetArizona.com his department expects a record-shattering month thanks to the influx of wagers from Super Bowl visitors.
“The football season is really what drives a lot of this industry,” Vogt said. “But I think we're really excited. We're going to be hosting the Super Bowl in February … So, it’s very exciting. I have to almost remind people, we're not even a whole year into (sports betting) yet. And so, the market is really developing, we're really putting the pieces in place. That's really going to set the growth for this industry for the next five years.”
For those planning out their Super Bowl LVII trips, the BetMGM Sportsbook at State Farm Stadium (home to the Arizona Cardinals) is slated to open later this year. It’s a good bet fans will be searching BetMGM Sportsbook bonus code Arizona during their stay.
A DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona facility at TPC Scottsdale, which hosts the Waste Management Phoenix Open each February, will likely not be open in time for the Super Bowl — as it’s slated to launch in Fall 2023.
There’s also a number of casino sportsbooks in the Valley and beyond that Super Bowl visitors can travel to.
For now, the countdown clock has started on what should be an unforgettable Super Bowl LVII experience.