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Suns, FanDuel to open in-arena sportsbook

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The Phoenix Suns and FanDuel announced Thursday the development of a sportsbook inside Phoenix Suns Arena not long after Gov. Doug Ducey signed a sports betting bill into law.

According to FanDuel, a 6,300-square-foot area of the Suns’ home venue, complete with lounge seating, will be able to take sports wagers beginning with the start of the 2021-22 NBA season. The FanDuel Sportsbook Lounge will be open daily throughout the year.

“This is a watershed moment for the Suns organization and our fans,” Suns president & CEO Jason Rowley said in a release. “FanDuel is the perfect partner as our missions are fully aligned. Simply put, FanDuel is committed to making sports more exciting while the Suns are focused on delivering exciting sports and entertainment and engaging fans at the highest level possible.”

The news indicates that the Suns will have one of the 20 licenses in Arizona that will allow entities to operate an in-person sportsbook. The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes are also expected to have licenses, as will a number of tribes who run casinos in Arizona.

The PGA Tour’s Phoenix Open, in association with DraftKings, already has announced that it will have a sportsbook on site at TPC Scottsdale for future tournaments, while Phoenix Raceway is expected to participate during NASCAR events.

Online and mobile wagering also was approved in the state.

“We’re excited to open a luxury sportsbook within Phoenix Suns Arena, as the beginning of a long-term and innovative collaboration that will have a lasting impact on the state,” FanDuel Group CMO Mike Raffensperger said.

–Field Level Media

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