Eagles fans are a different breed, as most of the sports world is well aware. In addition to their devotion to the home team, Eagles fans are averaging the third-most bets inside Lincoln Financial Field, compared to other stadiums, according to GeoComply, a location indicator company.
Fans are able to access PA online sportsbooks inside NFL stadiums within the state. Those who attend Eagles games do it more than most, which has helped contribute to a record-breaking fourth quarter in the Keystone State.
Lincoln Financial Field ranks third in sports bets placed at NFL stadiums
Lincoln Financial Field holds nearly 68,000 fans, and while cheering on the Eagles, many are also placing sports wagers inside the stadium.
GeoComply told PlayPennsylvania that Eagles fans totaled 491,000 betting transactions during the eight regular-season home games in 2023. Pittsburgh Steelers fans, on the other hand, were not as attached to their phones. Steelers fans accumulated 344,000 betting transactions across nine regular-season home games.
GeoComply also mentioned the averages:
“Out of the total stadiums, Lincoln Financial Field was third in the average number of transactions per game with an average of 61K transactions in 8 games. Steelers fans only accounted for an average of 38K transactions per game (from within the stadium) in 9 games.“
While Eagles fans easily placed more bets, the average of those who signed up for new accounts was relatively similar between Eagles and Steelers fans. GeoComply reported an average of 224 new sign-ups at Lincoln Financial Field compared to 206 at the Steelers’ Acrisure Stadium.
In-stadium betting helped Keystone State set sportsbook handle records
The number of bets placed inside Lincoln Financial Field and Acrisure Stadium contributed to Pennsylvania’s best months ever in terms of sports betting handle.
The Keystone State set handle records in October and November of last year, recording the following results:
- October: $829 million
- November: $934.1 million
December wasn’t too shabby, either, as operators produced $925.6 million in total bets. Despite not breaking a record to close the year, it’s the first time the state generated more than $900 million in handle in consecutive months.
FanDuel Sportsbook PA is the clear market leader in Pennsylvania. Across those three months, the operator collected $1.1 billion in handle, while DraftKings Sportsbook PA took in the next highest at $747.1 million.
Most fans at Eagles and Steelers games are likely using FanDuel. According to a Pennsylvania study conducted by Betting Hero, FanDuel is the most recognized online gambling platform. In a study that included 121 highly engaged individuals, 82% of the respondents named FanDuel when asked what sportsbook came to mind when thinking of the industry, while 56% named it first.
It’ll be interesting to see how sportsbooks respond next year as Pennsylvania approaches its sixth full NFL season of sports betting. There’s no reason to believe Eagles fans will stop placing wagers.