Before you know it, Ohio sports betting will be here. In addition to online sportsbooks, Ohio will allow locals to place bets at retail sportsbooks. With the upcoming rollout of legal wagering, plenty of Ohio sports teams are looking to open up retail betting locations on their home turf, such as the Cleveland Browns and Columbus Blue Jackets. Here’s what you need to know about the in-person betting options coming to stadiums in Ohio.
Retail Sportsbooks Are Coming To Ohio Stadiums
With the launch of Ohio sports betting coming soon, all eyes are on which online sports betting options will become available. However, a number of different Ohio sports stadiums will also feature retail sportsbooks and betting lounges for in-person wagering. While perhaps not as convenient as mobile betting, retail sportsbooks have a few benefits, as you don’t have to concern yourself with slow data speeds or smartphone battery while placing bets.
FirstEnergy Stadium, the home of the Cleveland Browns, is working with Bally Bet Sportsbook on an entire sports betting lounge for fans to place wagers. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Reds are planning on rolling out a physical BetMGM Sportsbook location at the Great American Ballpark. The Cleveland Guardians have plans to open up a retail sportsbook at Progressive Field, although no official partner has been announced yet.
Columbus Blue Jackets fans are anticipating in-person betting at Nationwide Arena, with plans for a Fanatics Sportsbook. The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to have some interesting options for potential sports bettors at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, with plans for a Caesars Sportsbook and a full betting lounge from Fubo Gaming. It was also announced that the Cincinnati Bengals are no longer planning on a Betfred Sports physical betting option due to NFL rules on in-game wagering at stadiums.
Ohio regulators have conditionally approved Betfred to launch its statewide mobile sportsbook Jan. 1, 2023; Betfred is partnered with the Cinciannati Bengals for online sports betting, though the team does not plan to open an in-stadium sportsbook
— Ryan Butler (@ButlerBets) September 21, 2022
When Will Ohio Sports Betting Launch?
Ohio sports wagering is scheduled to fully roll out on January 1st, 2023. With online sports betting looking to be available at midnight, expect plenty of new signups as Ohio bettors look to wager on Bowl Season, the NBA, NFL, NHL, college basketball, and much more. Plenty of mobile sportsbooks have been approved to operate in Ohio, such as Caesars Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook, BetMGM Sportsbook, and Barstool Sportsbook.
And, in addition to the previously discussed retail sportsbooks at stadiums, expect local casinos and tracks such as Scioto Downs, MGM Northfield Park, and Hollywood Casino Columbus to launch their own in-person betting areas.
— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) September 25, 2022
Current State of Ohio Sports Teams
The state of Ohio is home to sports teams with plenty of potential. The Cleveland Guardians are heading to the MLB postseason after excellent years from Jose Ramirez, Steven Kwan, and Shane Bieber. In the NFL, the Cleveland Browns are off to a 2-1 start with backup Jacoby Brissett at QB, while the Cincinnati Bengals are 1-2 in the team’s attempt to return to the Super Bowl.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are 4-0 with C.J. Stroud at QB and looking to return to the College Football Playoff. With the Columbus Blue Jackets and Cleveland Cavaliers starting new seasons in the next month, Ohio sports bettors will have no shortage of local teams to bet on.