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Sports bettors could soon place bets at TPC Scottsdale, Phoenix Suns Arena

Plans are in the works to put sportsbooks in at TPC Scottsdale and Phoenix Suns Arena after Gov. Doug Ducey signed a sports gambling bill into law.
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In this Saturday, Feb. 5, 2016, photo, golfers and caddies gather on the 16th green during the third round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Ariz. A picturesque par-3 for 51 weeks, No. 16 at TPC Scottsdale transforms into a golf version of a party cruise the week of PGA Tour's annual stop in the Valley of Sun. (AP Photo/John Marshall)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Sports bettors could soon place bets at TPC Scottsdale and Phoenix Suns Arena, where sportsbooks will be set up after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a gambling bill into law.

The PGA TOUR and DraftKings announced Wednesday plans to open a sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale, the host course of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, after the Arizona Legislature passed HB 2772, which would authorize fantasy sports and sports betting in the state. 

FanDuel will also open a sportsbook inside the Phoenix Suns Arena, it was announced Thursday.

Ducey signed the bill into law on Thursday.

According to a release, the TOUR and DraftKings are working with the City of Scottsdale and the Thunderbirds and plan to create a “19th hole” experience at TPC Scottsdale, where fans can gather year-round to place wagers, watch sports, eat and drink. 

DraftKings will also become the exclusive sports betting partner of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

An exact location for the sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale has not yet been determined.

“The PGA TOUR commends the State of Arizona and Governor Ducey for their forward-thinking approach to legal sports betting,” Norb Gambuzza, Senior Vice President of Media and Gaming at the PGA TOUR, said in a release. 

“We are thrilled to work with DraftKings – along with the City of Scottsdale and the Thunderbirds – to explore a one-of-a-kind sportsbook experience at TPC Scottsdale and the world-class Waste Management Phoenix Open. ‘The People’s Open’ is one of the most attended events in golf and with this announcement we look forward to taking the fan experience to another level.”

In addition to online sports betting coming to Arizona, HB 2772 allows professional sports organizations to partner with betting operators to run retail sportsbooks as in-stadium experiences. 

Arizona will permit 10 online licenses for state gaming tribes and 10 for professional sports venues. 

Below are venues currently eligible for licenses in the state:

  • State Farm Stadium in Glendale (NFL’s Arizona Cardinals)
  • Gila River Arena in Glendale (NHL’s Arizona Coyotes)
  • Chase Field in Phoenix (MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks)
  • Phoenix Suns Arena
  • TPC Scottsdale (Host of the PGA Tour’s Phoenix Open)
  • Phoenix Raceway in Avondale (Host of multiple NASCAR and other autosports events)

Officials in Arizona say the goal is to launch their first online and retail sportsbooks by Sept. 1, ahead of the first games of the 2021 NFL season.