Philadelphia’s new Live! Casino is prepared to put the sportsbook before the house. Also commonly referred to as the Stadium Casino due to its proximity to the city’s Stadium District, the new casino is currently under construction and not expected to open for business until late in 2020.
However, the owners – Stadium Casino LLC, a subsidiary of Baltimore-based Cordish Companies (CCG) – don’t wait to wait to start catering to the city’s sports betting public. They sought and received a sports betting certificate from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). This will allow them to launch online sports wagering as soon as a deal with an operating partner is finalized.
CCG indicated it is close to finalizing a deal with an unnamed sportsbook operator. CCG has held a Pennsylvania casino license since 2014. The PGCB did make a condition of CCG’s sportsbook license that a brick and mortar sports betting parlor be established before online sports betting would be permitted.