Cubs' Sportsbook Plan Outside Wrigley Field Approved by Chicago Landmarks Commission

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVAugust 5, 2021

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 22: Wrigley Field is seen in this aerial view from a drone prior game between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets at Wrigley Field on April 22, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
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While fans have the ability to gamble from their phones while attending games, the Chicago Cubs are still moving forward with plans to build a two-story sportsbook next to Wrigley Field.

Jesse Rogers of ESPN reported the Commission on Chicago Landmarks unanimously approved such a move. The sportsbook will take at least one year to construct, be open year-round and have entrance gates into Wrigley Field.

However, those who use the sportsbook will not be required to attend the game.

The Cubs said in a statement:

"With this approval by the Chicago Landmarks Commission, we are excited to realize the potential envisioned by the State of Illinois to bring revenue, jobs and an exciting amenity to our fans. This sportsbook will play a huge role in helping to create economic impact through job creation, wages, investments and revenue for the City, State and County at a time when new sources of revenue are needed to fund infrastructure projects and education."

In September 2020, the Cubs announced a new partnership with DraftKings that included plans to construct a sportsbook.

Darren Rovell of Action Network reported at the time the Cubs would make approximately $100 million for "nearly a decade worth of rights" as part of the deal.