Oakland Athletics Set Sights on Las Vegas
The Oakland Athletics have announced their intention to move forward with plans for a new ballpark near the Las Vegas Strip. In a recent announcement, the A's signed a binding agreement to purchase 49-acres of land owned by Red Rock Resorts, the parent company of Station Casinos. The plan for a $1.5 billion, 35,000-seat stadium with a partially retractable roof aims to bring the A's a much-needed new home by 2027.
A Long-Awaited Upgrade
The Oakland Athletics have been searching for a new home for years, hoping to replace the outdated and rundown Oakland Coliseum. Various locations had been considered, including Fremont and San Jose, but the focus shifted to the Oakland waterfront and then Las Vegas. The A's lease at the Coliseum expires after the 2024 season.
Las Vegas Ballpark Plans
Team president Dave Kaval shared the ambitious plan for the new stadium, stating that the proposed 35,000-seat ballpark will have a partially retractable roof. Additional developments being discussed include restaurants and an amphitheater. The A's plan to collaborate with Nevada and Clark County on a public-private partnership to fund the stadium, with hopes of breaking ground by next year.
Major League Baseball Supports the Move
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred expressed his support for the A's purchase agreement and their decision to focus on Las Vegas as their new home. Manfred looks forward to the team bringing finality to the relocation process by the end of the year.
Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao expressed disappointment at the A's decision, criticizing the team for not negotiating with the city in a manner that respects their long relationship. Thao stated that Oakland would cease negotiations and move forward to other options.
The Las Vegas Connection
The purchase agreement is for the land only, with the A's having the option to buy an additional eight acres at a later date. The site is located about a mile north of Allegiant Stadium, where the Las Vegas Raiders play, and a mile west of T-Mobile Arena, home to the Vegas Golden Knights. Las Vegas has been home to a Triple-A team since 1983, which currently serves as the Athletics' affiliate.
With the announcement of the binding agreement for the land purchase in Las Vegas, the Oakland Athletics' long-standing search for a new home moves one step closer to resolution. The team's plans for the new ballpark and surrounding developments show promise in creating an exciting sports hub in the city. Although the move is bittersweet for the City of Oakland and its fans, the Athletics' future in Las Vegas looks bright.