Just in time for college basketball’s national championship on Monday, Michiganders will have one more option for watching and betting on the game. The Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, located in the central part of the state about an hour north of Lansing, will open its Ascend Sportsbook at 4 p.m. local time.
According to the casino’s website, Morris Peterson and Mateen Cleaves, members of Michigan State’s 2000 national champion basketball team, will be among those on hand for the ribbon cutting. Patrons can also take advantage of $1.75 draft Coors Light and $2 bottles, as well as 50% off any appetizer with a parlay ticket that includes three or more legs. A DJ will be on hand as well as several local radio stations.
The opening is the first for a retail sportsbook in Michigan this year and will bring the number of brick-and-mortar sportsbooks in the state to 20. The casino is one of two owned and operated by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. The tribe has plans to launch its digital sportsbook later this year.
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“We have taken considerable time to ensure we have an offering that is customer-centered with a focus on true relationship-building wagering,” casino CEO Melinda Coffin told WNEM television station Thursday. “Everyone here is very excited and ready to not only meet but exceed all your gaming experiences.”
College basketball’s national championship is set to tip off at 9:20 p.m. ET Monday. The semifinals, which will pit No. 1-seeded Kansas against No. 2-seeded Villanova and No. 2-seeded Duke against No. 8-seeded UNC, are set for Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. ET. The games will be played in New Orleans and aired on TBS.