- Target development site reported after A’s recently confirmed bid on Las Vegas plot
- MLB has also looked at sites in Henderson and Summerlin
Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Oakland Athletics appear to be stepping up their bid to relocate to Las Vegas, with the Tropicana Hotel site on the Nevada city’s main strip the primary target for a new ballpark, according to CNBC.
The report says that the MLB franchise has been evaluating its options, which also include a plot owned by Wynn Las Vegas, and another by betting and casino company Caesars Entertainment.
In November, A’s president Dave Kaval told the Las Vegas Review Journal (LVRJ) that the team had submitted a bid for a site on which the franchise could build a new US$1 billion ballpark with capacity for 30,000 to 35,000 people.
Although Kaval would not disclose the location, he admitted that the team was looking into two or three sites in Las Vegas.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred granted the team permission to explore stadium options in Las Vegas earlier this year after talks stalled over a new US$1 billion multi-purpose waterfront ballpark at the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal.
The team is still in continued negotiations with officials in Oakland to get approval for a new ballpark and entertainment district at the Howard Terminal waterfront site.
According to the LVRJ, the A’s have looked at other Las Vegas locations in Henderson and Summerlin, the latter of which was offered to the team for free by the owners of the Las Vegas Aviators, who are the MLB outfit’s Triple-A affiliate.
If relocation is on the cards, the A’s would follow the same route as the National Football League’s (NFL) Raiders, who left Oakland for Las Vegas in 2020. The Raiders’ US$1.9 billion Allegiant Stadium is in the city centre, near to the A’s targeted Tropicana Hotel site.