A South Philadelphia location in the shadows of the professional sports complex where the Eagles, Phillies and other pro teams play could be one of the first places in Pennsylvania to put down a legal sports bet.
Citizens Bank Park and the Linc are visible from the parking lot of the Turf Club on Packer Avenue.
The parent company of Parx Casino of Bensalem has put down a $10 million deposit to cover sports betting at its Bucks County location and the Turf Club.
“We’re now reviewing them, doing the background investigation,” said Richard McGarvey of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
He said completion of the reviews and application process “won’t come in the next few weeks or even in a month or so, but it is … not too far off.”
“Every casino in Pennsylvania is eligible to get a sports-wagering license,” he said. “However, if you have a horse racing track and have what’s called an off-track betting facility, or OTB, that makes you also eligible to use that same license in those places also.”
Representatives from the major sports teams didn’t return requests to comment on the fact that a sports-betting operation will be around the corner.
Eventually, online sports betting will allow you to place a bet from the stadium or your comfortable chair at home.