Hot on the heels of the announcement that the Iowa cornfields where “Field of Dreams” was filmed would host a Yankees vs. White Sox game next year comes the news that sports betting will arrive in Iowa much sooner.
Ameristar Casino Council Bluffs is expected to begin taking wagers on sports on August 15, according to a Penn National Gaming news release.
“Iowa is poised to become the first midwestern state to offer sports wagering since the federal ban was repealed last year,” Timothy J. Wilmott, chief executive officer of Penn National said in a prepared statement. “We appreciate the diligence of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission that will allow us to begin offering this great new amenity at Ameristar Casino Council Bluffs prior to the kickoff of football season.”
Tim Dwight, an Iowa native, 10-year NFL veteran who played in Super Bowl XXXIII and was a two-time All-American at the University of Iowa is scheduled to make the casino’s first sports bet in its new renovated sports lounge.
Ameristar’s sportsbook is setting up shop in the casino’s old Amerisports Bar & Grill. It will feature a wagering counter with ticket writer stations and many new televisions for visitors to catch all the action.
Kiosks also will be located throughout the property, providing an avalanche of sports wagering options from the National Football League to the Premier League.
It is anticipated that Ameristar Council Bluffs with its state-of-the-art sports wagering lounge will become a destination for bettors and sports fans in Iowa and Nebraska. The casino is just across the stateline from greater Omaha, Nebraska.
“Customers have been clamoring to place sports bets since the law passed earlier this year,” said Paul Czak, General Manager at Ameristar Casino Council Bluffs, said in a prepared statement. “Collegiate and professional sports are embedded in the culture of Iowa and Nebraska. We look forward to welcoming customers from across the region at the incredible new sports book at Ameristar Casino Council Bluffs.”
It’s also a sure bet that the game will be high touted at Ameristar’s sports books when it is played in Dyersville, IA., on Aug. 13, 2020 on a temporary, 8,000-seat stadium that will be built adjacent to the hallowed movie ballfield cut from a cornfield. A pathway will connect the temporary ballpark with the movie location where the film’s prophecy was uttered in hushed tones: If you build it, he will come.”
"As a sport that is proud of its history linking generations, Major League Baseball is excited to bring a regular season game to the site of Field of Dreams," MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. said in a news release. "We look forward to celebrating the movie's enduring message of how baseball brings people together at this special cornfield in Iowa."
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