Sports betting operator BetMGM announced a partnership Monday with the Arizona Cardinals and Gila River Hotels & Casinos that will give the company access to the state’s online sports betting market, according to ESPN’s David Purdum.
The partnership includes the construction of a retail sportsbook at State Farm Stadium, home of the Cardinals. The Cards are the first NFL team to announce plans to add a retail sportsbook to their stadium, which will be open before the 2022 season.
Before the United States Supreme Court allowed states to decide whether to legalize sports betting, the NFL fought against gambling. The league was slow to adopt gambling even as states passed laws to legalize it.
Earlier this year, the Phoenix Suns announced that they would put a retail sportsbook in their arena in association with FanDuel.
Additionally, Capital One Arena, home of the Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics, opened a retail sportsbook in 2020. Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, also has plans to build a two-story sportsbook.