It looks like Washington Commanders’ home games are about to get a little more exciting for sports bettors this year.
Football fans at FedEx Field might not have to leave the stadium to place a bet this fall, as the Commanders appear to be the latest professional team to apply for a retail sports betting license at their stadium.
It would be the first stadium to offer retail sports betting in Maryland, a state that is also home to the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles.
While the Commanders are not named directly on the license application, the state regulator’s agenda lists a group called Maryland Stadium Sub, LLC that is scheduled for a qualification hearing on Aug. 10. Maryland Stadium Sub, LLC is registered with the state Department of Assessment and Taxation with a business address of 1600 FedEx Way – the location of FedEx Field in Landover.
Neither the team nor the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission (MLG) has commented on the development.
If the MLG qualifies the application, the group will then go before the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC), which is set to hold its next public meeting on Aug. 24.
Fanatics A Potential Sportsbook Partner?
In June, the Washington Business Journal reported that it was likely that the sportsbook Fanatics would be partnering with the Commanders and heading to FedEx Field. The reporting mentioned that recent work orders from contractors cited “Fanatics Sportsbook at FedEx Field” documentation.
Fanatics was announced as Maryland’s eighth retail sportsbook back in June, but does not yet have a physical location determined.
The popular merchandising and trading card company would seem like a good fit for FedEx Field, as it has a merchandising partnership with the Commanders through 2029.
Stadium Sportsbooks Becoming Popular Trend
Last May, William Hill (now branded as Caesars) became the first sportsbook to operate inside an arena in the US when it opened at Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. Since then, many more have hopped on board, trying to capitalize on a new revenue stream opportunity.
In January, The BetMGM Sportsbook at Nationals Park opened in D.C., becoming the first sportsbook to go live at a Major League Baseball stadium.
Just last month, D.C. United and FanDuel launched a sportsbook at Audi Field, a plan in the works since 2020.
Other notable stadium sportsbooks across the US that are open or in the works include:
- FanDuel Sportsbook at Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ
- BetMGM Sportsbook at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ
- Caesars Sportsbook at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ
- Caesars Sportsbook at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
- Caesars Sportsbook at Citi Field in Queens, NY
- FanDuel Sportsbook at the United Center in Chicago, IL
- DraftKings Sportsbook at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
While it looks like there will be more retail sportsbooks on the way soon for Maryland, as of right now, bettors in the Old Line State can place wagers at five in-person casinos and one non-casino site – Bingo World in Baltimore.