Baseball in Baltimore just got a little sweeter for sports bettors.
The Orioles announced on Wednesday, Aug. 17, that the organization is entering a partnership with SuperBook Sports. As a part of this new agreement, it will be the first retail-gambling lounge to open at the team’s home of Camden Yards. The pairing of the two superbrands means that gamblers and sports fans will be able to get in on the in-person betting action at Camden Yards as early as 2023.
In addition to giving spectators opportunities to bet on games in person, the SuperBook Sports lounge at Camden Yards will feature food and drink options as well as seating so fans can watch the games.
“The Orioles are thrilled to partner with SuperBook to enhance our gameday experience with the introduction of their first-ever on-premise sports lounge,” Orioles Senior Vice President, Chief Revenue Officer T.J. Brightman said in a statement. “While our organization is striving to build the next World Series contender in Charm City, we are constantly exploring unique opportunities to engage with Birdland’s diverse fanbase and welcome new visitors to downtown Baltimore. The addition of a SuperBook sportsbook only reinforces our iconic ballpark’s standing as one of the premier entertainment destinations in the region.”
More on Superbook and its Partnership With the Orioles
Based in Las Vegas, SuperBook Sports is one of the world’s largest sportsbooks. However, over the last two years, the company’s efforts have included expanding its influence nationally.
The Orioles racked up the most wins in the American League from 2012-2016. So bettors who backed Baltimore to win straight up during that time frame got a positive return on their investment. And as far as investments are concerned, SuperBook Sports logos and signage will be prevalent throughout the ballpark, affirming that Baltimore’s professional baseball franchise and betting are partnered for the long haul.“
“The heritage and tradition of the Orioles brand fit perfectly with the SuperBook brand,” Superbook Sports Vice President of Marketing Kristin Mackey said in a statement. “To be a part of ‘The Ballpark That Forever Changed Baseball’ is an honor, and we look forward to bringing a one-of-a-kind sports lounge experience to fans. The future of the Orioles is bright, and we look forward to continuing to grow together for years to come.”
What about Online Sports Betting?
While Oriole Park’s new lounge at Camden Yards will offer an extraordinary, in-person betting experience sometime next year, the fate of legal sportsbooks MD is still in limbo.
The Sports Wagering and Application Review Commission (SWARC) is Maryland’s legislative panel that oversees the approval of gambling licenses. Before gamblers can begin filling out bet slips from the convenience of their handheld devices, it’s SWARC that can make this dream of gamblers — and of some government officials — a reality.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan encouraged the commission to approve mobile gambling by the time the NFL regular season kicked off, but the 2022 season gets underway in three weeks. And considering SWARC’s lengthy approval process, mobile betting in the Old Line State won’t get its start alongside the first football snaps of the upcoming professional football season. Instead, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission has its hopes set on launching before Super Bowl 57 in 2023.
And speaking of advocates, it’s the tax revenue generated by gambling that many proponents of mobile betting applaud.
While the latest news that SWARC could approve online betting by the Super Bowl seems promising, fans and bettors in Maryland do know for certain that they have a gambling getaway in Camden Yards at Oriole Park coming in 2023.
With bet slips in hand, future crowds at Camden could very well be singing, “Take me out to the sportsbook.”
AP Photo/Gail Burton