Rush Street Plans To Open Ohio Sportsbook At NFL Hall Of Fame Complex

Written By Nicholaus Garcia on December 29, 2021
Sportsbook Opening In Ohio At The NFL Hall Of Fame

Rush Street Interactive (RSI) announced a 10-year deal to operate a sportsbook at the Pro-football Hall of Fame Village in Canton, Ohio.

The village is an entertainment complex consisting of a retail promenade, indoor waterpark, stadium, hotel, and Hall of Fame museum.

Hall of Fame Sportsbook in Ohio

Hall of Fame Village President and CEO Michael Crawford had this to say:

“With the legalization of sports betting in Ohio, we see a variety of opportunities and benefits across our company’s multiple business lines. We considered many different retail sportsbook operators, but selected RSI because of its outstanding reputation, impressive sportsbook results in other markets, and the quality and experience of its team. We are thrilled to work with RSI to bring a retail sportsbook to the Hall of Fame Village’s Fan Engagement Zone and provide guests and fans a new and enhanced way to interact with their favorite sports, all conveniently from our campus.”

Rush Street CEO Richard Schwarts said the company looks forward to offering a “best-in-class” sportsbook.

“Hall of Fame Village shares RSI’s drive to create fun, memorable experiences for customers as well as our passion for building a one-of-a-kind destination that will delight the millions of guests that will visit the Hall of Fame Village campus each year,” Schwartz said in a statement.

Expected opening date

Once constructed, the sportsbook will be part of a complex that includes a steakhouse named after legendary Miami Dolphins Head coach Don Shula, Topgolf Swing Suits, an eSports facility, and a fan engagement zone.

Earlier this month, Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill legalizing Ohio sports betting. The schedule for wagering begins no later than Jan. 1, 2023.

Speaking with the Cincinnati Enquirer about the launch of sports betting, Sen. Kirk Schuring said,

“We want to get this up and to run as soon as possible, but we’re building a whole new industry. We’re hoping it can be done sooner (than 2023).”

The deal is still subject to Rush Street gaining a betting license in Ohio.

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Nick has had stints in Chicago and Washington, D.C., writing about politics, financial markets, and sports betting. He graduated from Texas Tech University and completed his master's degree in journalism at Columbia College Chicago.

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