Big Sports Betting Events Coming To Arizona in 2021

Sports betting will start in Arizona just in time for the NFL season with a launch date of September 9. For sports fans, it isn’t the only thing to look forward to.

In addition to the state being home to a number of pro teams such as the Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, and Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona also hosts some of the biggest sporting events. This makes Arizona a sports bettor’s dream destination.

Betting On The NASCAR Championship Series

NASCAR’s biggest weekend comes to Phoenix in 2021 AND 2022. With sports betting starting in September, sports bettors in the state will be able to wager on this year’s championship series.

This will mark one of the first big events to wager on in the state. Phoenix Raceway is no stranger to the series, as they have hosted it in the past. As of now, Phoenix Raceway doesn’t have a partnership with a sportsbook, but that could change by the time NASCAR comes on November 7, 2021.

Current odds to win the 2021 Championship Series according to DraftKings:

  • Martin Truex Jr. +550
  • Kyle Larson +600
  • Denny Hamlin +650

Betting On The Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is arguably the biggest sporting event of the year. State Farm Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, has been lucky enough to host the big game back in 2008 and 2015. The stadium gets the chance to do it again in 2023.

Even though the stadium currently doesn’t have a partnership with a sportsbook, apps will be in full force by the time the Super Bowl lands in Arizona in February of 2023. And by then, State Farm Stadium and the Arizona Cardinals will most likely have some sort of retail sportsbook and partnership in place.

If not, the closest sportsbook to the stadium is FanDuel in the Phoenix Suns Arena, just a quick 20-minute drive.

Around the same time as the Super Bowl is the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The event takes place at TPC Scottsdale, which inked a partnership with DraftKings for a retail sportsbook.

The week of the Super Bowl and Phoenix Open always makes for a busy time in Arizona and the state will be an even more popular destination thanks to sports betting and hosting the Super Bowl.

Before the Super Bowl heads to Arizona in 2023, it will take place in California at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022.

Current Super Bowl LVI odds by BetMGM:

Betting on the NCAA Final Four

The Arizona sports betting bill allows for wagers on collegiate games. (Sorry, no prop bets though.)

Arizona will be hosting the Final Four in 2024, bringing the state extra attention and revenue. State Farm Stadium in Glendale will be hosting the Final Four on the weekend of April 6 in 2024.

Local colleges Arizona State University and the University of Arizona don’t always make the tournament, but it is an event you can now bet on in Arizona. Grand Canyon University did make the tournament for the first time this year, making it an exciting time for college basketball in the state. And even more so when the Final Four comes in 2024.

Sports Betting In Arizona

Sports betting will finally be allowed in Arizona on September 9, just in time for the start of the NFL season. That means sports bettors in the state will get to wager on weekly games and Super Bowl LVI.

As of now, there are just a few options for sports bettors. However, more partnerships will most likely pop up before the launch date.

FanDuel plans to open a sportsbook inside the Phoenix Suns Arena and thanks to a partnership with the Suns, will allow sports betting through its app. DraftKings will also be available in Arizona after partnering with the PGA and TPC Scottsdale.

Other partnerships include a deal between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino with Caesars Sportsbook and a partnership between BetMGM and Gila River Hotels and Casinos.

About the Author

Calli Varner

Calli is a freelance writer and football fanatic. As a lifelong resident of Arizona, she proudly cheers on her home team, the Arizona Cardinals. But her heart belongs to her number one team, the Kansas City Chiefs. (Go Chiefs Kingdom!)