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KC-area restaurants and sports arenas react to sports betting legalized in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (WDAF) – Business owners and sports arenas in the Kansas City area are weighing in on the sports betting conversation with legalized sports betting coming to Kansas as early as this fall.

So what does it mean when you walk into a restaurant in Kansas and want to throw some cash at the Chiefs?

Sports betting is now legal in the Sunflower State.

People standing in Kansas can place a bet. Even if you live in Missouri, you can cross State Line Road and place a bet in Kansas.

Kansas stadium, bar and restaurant owners and presidents are excited about what this means for the fan experience.

“The state line over there is a magic shield,” said Johnny’s Tavern partner Kyle Witherspoon.

They have 12 slots on both sides of the state line.

He hopes this addition to the ambience will attract sports fans, even if only to one of his eight restaurants in Kansas.

Missouri has yet to legalize sports betting.

“We have big wings, cold beer, big screen TVs and maybe a kiosk that on Chiefs Sunday or basketball season people could place a bet if they wanted to,” Witherspoon said.

He said they could do this by partnering with a state casino.

Of course, people can always place a bet on their phone at a table.

From the stands at Children’s Mercy Park, Sporting KC President and CEO Jake Reid said sports betting opportunities will be primarily online.

The new legislation also allows them to have real kiosks and stations in the stadium.

“I think in terms of the stadium experience, we’re looking at what spaces can, is there an area that we can convert into a sort of living room,” Reid said. “Are there places where it’s easy for fans to get around, access and get the information they need?”

Reid said Sporting has a good long-term relationship with Hollywood Casino.

The four state casinos expect revenues between $9 million and $45 million.

“When there’s tax revenue to be gained,” Witherspoon said, “I think it’s a good idea for states to take advantage of things.”

After the first $750,000 in revenue, 80% of the funds will be set aside to recruit professional sports teams to Kansas, which makes rumors of the Chiefs receiving offers to cross state lines a little more interesting.

On top of that, Missouri lawmakers made no passes Hail Mary to bring sports betting to their state as they met this week.

Kansas Stadium officials are happy to have a final decision on the line.

If you’ve experienced the cauldron, you know Sporting Kansas City is all about fan engagement.

Reid is excited about what’s to come.

“It’s an extra layer of care, support and excitement around her. When you talk about your sport, your club, your stadium, your team, it’s exciting,” Reid said. “We want it to be a positive and fun experience for the fans, whether you’re in the stadium and you’re betting on the game that’s happening in front of you, or on another sport that’s going on, and you can do it on that. .”

Sporting Kansas City does not see anything formalized before 2023.

Some sports betting venues in Kansas could be state-approved as early as September or October.