The company has announced a 10-year agreement to operate a retail sportsbook at the venue that is currently under construction.
US.- Rush Street Interactive (RSI) has announced a 10-year deal to operate a sportsbook at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village in Canton, Ohio.
The Hall of Fame Village is currently under construction, connecting the Pro Football Hall of Fame as well as the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. It is adjacent to the Hall of Fame Village Sports Complex.
The venue will include the sportsbook along with a performance center, Hilton hotel, retail space, indoor water park and office space. The property will include a Fan Engagement Zone, which is where customers will be able to access the sports betting services.
Under the agreement, RSI will be able to use the Hall of Fame’s signage as well as media assets and branding. Members from professional football and legends of the game could work with RSI for promotion and fan engagement.
The deal is subject to Rush Street gaining a betting license in Ohio.
RSI Chief Executive Officer, Richard Schwartz, said: “We are excited to partner with the Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company, a unique sports and entertainment company with exceptional reach in professional football and beyond.”
Hall of Fame Village President and CEO, Michael Crawford, added: “With the legalisation of sports betting in Ohio, we see a variety of opportunities and benefits across our company’s multiple business lines.
“We considered many different retail sportsbook operators, but selected RSI because of its outstanding reputation, impressive sportsbook results in other markets, and the quality and experience of its team.”
Ohio approved sports betting in December
In December, Ohio approved sports betting. Governor Mike DeWine signed legislation to allow sports betting in the state following approval of House Bill 29 by the House and Senate earlier that month.
According to the bill, the state will start issuing licences on April 1 with a target to be ready for launch on January 1, 2023. The Ohio Casino Control Commission must still formulate rules and regulations for sports wagering before accepting licence applications.