CANTON – The Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls has a partner for its planned sports betting operation.
Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Co. will partner with Chicago-based Rush Street Interactive to “operate premier sports betting retail” in the Hall of Fame Village complex. The sports betting operator is expected to be located in the Fan Engagement Zone, which is currently under construction.
Sports betting plans at the Hall of Fame Village have been discussed since the operation took steps toward becoming a publicly traded company in 2019.
The official announcement by Hall of Fame Resort and Rush Street Interactive (RSI) came Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after Governor Mike DeWine signed a sports betting bill.
Hall of Fame Resort and RSI announced a 10-year agreement based on obtaining the necessary licenses to operate sports betting, accept bets on sporting events, and pay out winnings.
In addition to setting up a sports betting retail outlet, the agreement enables RSI to use Hall of Fame Village’s signage, branding and certain media resources. Additionally, through brand partnerships, RSI can leverage the village’s access to members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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Executives from both companies said in a joint press release that they are excited to become partners.
Richard Schwartz, RSI’s chief executive officer, said the two companies share a “drive to create fun, memorable experiences for customers” and a “passion to create a unique destination that will delight millions of guests who visit will”. every year on the Hall of Fame Village campus. “
Michael Crawford, President and CEO of the Hall of Fame Resort, said the company considered several sports betting providers before partnering with RSI. Crawford cited RSIs “impressive sports betting results in other markets” and its reputation as reasons for the partnership.
It plans to work with RSI to bring a sports betting retailer to the Fan Engagement Zone, Crawford said. The Hall of Fame Resort hopes to provide guests and fans with a new and improved way to interact with their favorite sports, Crawford said in the press release.
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DeWine’s signing of the Sports Betting Act heralds a long rulebook before the Ohioans can legally place bets on their favorite professional, college and esports teams.
The new law, spearheaded by Senator Kirk Schuring, R-Jackson Township, will come into effect no later than January 1, 2023.
Writing the rules and regulations for sports betting is expected to take months, according to a presentation by the Ohio Casino Control Commission. Applications for companies that want to offer sports betting are expected to be accepted in the summer or fall.
The law was made possible by a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed states to set rules for sports gambling. Ohio follows 32 states that have legalized sports betting.
RSI already has betting operations in 12 states, including Pennsylvania, Indiana and West Virginia. It also operates in Colombia.
According to its website, RSI launched a social gaming site called SugarHouse Casino4Fun in 2015. Soon after, it added social gaming to the Rivers Casino sites in Pittsburgh, Des Plaines, Illinois, and Schenectady, New York. The company launched an online gambling casino site – PlaySugarHouse.com – in New Jersey in September 2016. In August 2018 it added a fully integrated online gambling sportsbook. added.
Construction in progress
Construction work at the Hall of Fame Village, operated by Johnson Controls, has accelerated since August 2019 when developers made plans to partner with Gordon Pointe Acquisition Corp. announced. The combined activities formed Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Co.
Over the past two years, operations have acquired and renovated the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Canton, and resumed construction around the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
Last year, work on the stadium and the Constellation Center for Excellence was completed, while the sports field complex south of McKinley High School is being expanded.
The steel work on the shopping promenade – known as the Fan Engagement Zone – that extends north of the Constellation building towards the site for a future hotel and water park has been completed. Retail space tenants include a Don Shula’s Restaurant, a Helix Esports Center operated by Esports Entertainment Group, and a Topgolf Swing Suite paired with the Craft Brew Kettle.
The crews worked on roads and infrastructure for the complex and prepared the construction of the Center for Performance. The construction of a Tapestry by Hilton hotel and a water park is scheduled to begin at the end of 2022.
The USAToday Network contributed to this story.
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