It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like Arizona is finally gearing up to be the center of worldwide sports betting. The College Football Playoff National Championship, Super Bowl LII, and Waste Management Phoenix Open will all take place within six weeks, and Arizonans are gearing up for the action-packed weeks to come starting December 31!
Needless to say, this is great news for businesses in the area – especially those that are in the Arizona sports betting industry.
Arizona Hosting High-Profile Events
As per the scheduler, Arizona the College Football Playoff at the Fiesta Bowl will be held at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on December 31 while the Super Bowl LVII will come to the Grand Canyon State on Feb. 12, 2023.
Moreover, Arizonians will host the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament this coming Feb. 10-12 at TPC Scottsdale. This will coincide with Super Bowl week.
The Copper State already has plenty of sportsbooks across the state and through mobile devices. As per the reports from the Arizona Department of Gaming (AGA), there are only two regulated retail sportsbooks in the state, namely, Caesars and FanDuel Arizona.
However, these locations are already increasing as BetMGM’s physical sportsbook located outside of State Farm Stadium is already accepting bets while the DraftKings Arizona sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale is expected to launch next year.
This is just one example of how Arizona’s gambling scene is expanding and becoming more accessible to residents and visitors alike. With more and more options becoming available, it is clear that Arizona is becoming a destination for those looking to place bets on their favorite sports teams.
There are a lot of online sportsbooks not just for Arizonans, but also for visitors. The leading AZ online sportsbooks in terms of sports wagers handled are:
As per FanDuel VP of communications, Chris Jones, there will be an exciting sports year ahead for the state. This is true especially due to the recent statistics from GeoComply that shows Arizona Stadium hosted the second most geolocation checks in during the first two weeks of the NFL regular season.
“I think, from a sporting perspective, there’s a lot that will be going on inside the state. We need to stay humble and stay focused on building the business, ensuring we are growing at a pace and speed that makes sense and is sustainable,” he added.
What to Expect in the Coming Months?
The Super Bowl last visited Arizona in 2015 and it has been the best Super Bowl in History, in terms of Profit. The match had a $700 million economic impact on AZ and has not been comparable to the last two Super Bowls that the state hosted. That was just for the Super Bowl.
The College Football Playoff will mark the start of the chain of significant sporting events and the Waste Management Open occurring during the Super Bowl week could be just one of the best sports betting weeks for the Valley. This chain of events might even lead to Arizona being the sports betting center of the world for a couple of months.