PointsBet Sports Bar coming to Little Caesars Arena
Australia-based sportsbook operator PointsBet is continuing its rapid-fire expansion across the Midwest following an announcement of a strategic multi-year deal with National Hockey League (NHL) franchise the Detroit Red Wings.
The Red Wings, who play their home games at Little Caesars Arena in Midtown Detroit, Michigan, tweeted the news on January 12:
As official gaming partner, PointsBet will boost fan engagement with a complete rebrand of Sports & Social Detroit at Little Caesars Arena as the PointsBet Sports Bar. The venue will include high-definition TV screens, live betting odds, “special guests, unique programming, VIP access” and gaming promotions.
An official Red Wings news release said the new-look venue at Little Caesars Arena will open its doors to fans this year.
Wrapping up the Midwest
The Red Wings partnership comes a little over a week after PointsBet became sports betting partner of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons. As the official gaming partner of Major League Baseball (MLB) side Detroit Tigers, PointsBet now has a trio of major US league sports franchises in its locker.
market will go live “anytime between the 12th and 19th this month”
The franchise link-ups place PointsBet in a prime position ahead of the launch of online sports betting in Michigan. According to Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) executive director Richard Kalm, the market will go live “anytime between the 12th and 19th this month.”
Besides Michigan, PointsBet has also been strategically expanding in nearby Illinois, where it has a live sportsbook at Hawthorne Race Course. The global sports wagering brand will soon have Chicagoland covered, with retail sportsbooks coming soon to Crestwood, Oakbrook Terrace, and Prospect Heights. National Football League (NFL) team Chicago Bears also selected PointsBet to be its sports betting partner in September.
Testament to PointsBet’s rapid expansion across the Midwest was its September 24 partnership with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, which followed a similar pact with the Hoosier State’s NBA franchise the Indiana Pacers in August.
PointsBet offers the most markets on all four major U.S. sports […] in the world.”
According to the Red Wings press release, “PointsBet offers the most markets on all four major U.S. sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) […] in the world.
Making its presence felt in Michigan
Besides its physical presence at the home of the Red Wings, the new partnership grants PointsBet virtual made-for-TV signage and LED signage and branding in the Little Caesars Arena for home games.
Completing the deal is a sponsored presence on the NHL team’s digital and radio platforms, The District Detroit mobile app integration, and regular spots on The Word on Woodward, a bi-weekly live streaming show that airs on Red Wings and Tigers media channels.
PointsBet USA CEO Johnny Aitken stated that the company was looking forward to working with both the Red Wings and the Tigers. Adding that PointsBet gives bettors “the most betting options in the world on NHL and MLB games” via its PointsBetting product, Aitken said: “We are excited to unveil a deep and differentiated betting option into the great state of Michigan.”