‘The Mayor of Flavortown’ is making a mark on the Arizona sports betting scene. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Caesars say Food Network star Guy Fieri will open a restaurant concept at Caesars Sportsbook at Chase Field this Spring.
This will be Fieri’s first sit-down restaurant in Arizona. With the future of the 2022 MLB season in doubt, this news will undoubtedly create some added excitement around the ballpark.
Guy Fieri bringing Flavortown to downtown Phoenix
Guy Fieri is no stranger to the Grand Canyon State. He has featured over 30 Arizona locations on his hit television series, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” Plus, Flavortown Kitchen, Fieri’s new delivery-only restaurant chain, became available to customers in the valley last year.
Now ‘The Mayor of Flavortown’ is joining forces with the Diamondbacks and Caesars. So baseball fans and sports bettors should expect to see and taste his mouth-watering food at Chase Field.
“We believe this is a rare and exciting opportunity for individuals who are driven to deliver a high-quality, high-service dining experience for guests and sports fans,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. “This is a chance to get in on the ground level of a unique, fresh and fun concept in food, gaming and baseball at Chase Field.”
This new restaurant concept at Caesars Sportsbook will have an extensive menu. It will also anchor the 20,000 square-foot, two-story venue that will feature both indoor and outdoor seating options.
Caesars Sportsbook at Chase Field to open this spring
Arizona’s MLB franchise and the gambling giant Caesars announced their working relationship in the Spring of 2021. The D-Backs helped launch Caesars’ revamped online sportsbook in Arizona.
The two partners also announced a collaboration to create a state-of-the-art retail sportsbook at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks and Caesars released digital renderings of the venue this past fall. It will replace the Game Seven Grill at the stadium.
The venue will have multiple floors of sports betting space, a full-service bar, a VIP lounge and wall-to-wall TVs. The new retail sportsbook won’t be accessible to fans while attending D-backs games. However, they can still place wagers using the Caesars Sportsbook mobile app.
In the meantime, bettors can still use Caesars’ betting windows outside of Chase Field. These temporary windows opened up on Sept. 9, 2021, the same day sports betting officially became legal in Arizona. They are located at ticket windows 21-25. Chase Field became the first MLB stadium to take in-person betting.
Caesars retail sportsbook will open if the D-Backs play or not
The uncertainty of the baseball season is still the elephant in the room. The MLB owners and the MLB Players Association have not reached a collective bargaining agreement as of Thursday. And it appears that there will not be a quick solution to these negotiations.
A league spokesperson says they will start canceling regular-season games if the league and the MLBPA can’t come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement by Monday. It’s important to note that those games would not be made up, and players would not be paid full-season salaries.
Despite these concerns, the Caesars retail sportsbook still plans to open this coming Spring. As mentioned, this new venue will be open year-round. So regardless of how many D-Backs home games there will be in 2022, the sportsbook will be open for business.