Fanatics Partners with Blue Jackets for Retail Ohio Sportsbook

Fanatics Partners with Blue Jackets for Retail Ohio Sportsbook
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Fanatics Betting and Gaming announced Tuesday it plans to open a retail sportsbook location in partnership with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Columbus Arena District.

Fanatics Ohio Sportsbook will operate in Columbus at 401 North Front Street adjacent to Nationwide Arena. It is scheduled to open at the end of August.

“The Columbus Blue Jackets are constantly seeking new and exciting ways to engage with our fans,” said Blue Jackets Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Cameron Scholvin in a news release.  “We believe this collaboration with Fanatics Betting and Gaming on a world-class sportsbook location just outside the doors of Nationwide Arena in the heart of the Arena District does just that.” 
The newly designed addition to Ohio betting sites is more than 5,000 square feet and features four betting windows, 14 self-service betting kiosks, one giant LED video wall, 20 TV monitors and a full-service restaurant.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Blue Jackets to bring a world-class retail experience to the arena district in downtown Columbus,” said Ari Borod, chief business officer, Fanatics Betting and Gaming. “The Jackets are one of the youngest teams in the league, and we are excited to leverage our partnership to grow with them and complement our online sports betting experience that is currently being beta-tested in Ohio.”

Fanatics Sportsbook is currently beta testing online in Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio and Tennessee and also has the only retail sportsbook inside an NFL stadium at FedExField, home of the newly owned Washington Commanders.

Many Ohio sports betting apps have partnered with Ohio sports franchises as Fanatics has here with the Blue Jackets.

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Looking Ahead at Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets will open their 2023-24 regular season at home versus the new-look Philadelphia Flyers Oct. 12.

Last season, Columbus finished eighth in the Metropolitan Division (25-48-9, 59 points), missing the postseason for the third consecutive time.

Look to for news on the Blue Jackets and other pro teams in the state as well as for Ohio sportsbook promos.



Lou Monaco
Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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