For what seems like the 100th time this summer, Oakland Athletics president Dave Kaval visited Las Vegas with thoughts of an MLB Las Vegas relocation.
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The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Saturday that Kaval was in town again on Thursday and Friday meeting with members of the business community as well as elected officials in Henderson. It was actually just the third trip he’s made.
“We’re just getting so much positive feedback in Southern Nevada and Las Vegas from all the key constituents and stakeholders,” Kaval told the newspaper. “We’ve been very impressed with the can-do spirit and the interest in Major League Baseball here, and we remain committed to taking additional steps to see if that might be the option or the future home of the A’s.”
The newspaper reported team officials are also planning a return trip to Las Vegas scheduled July 21-22, which will take place a day after the Oakland City Council votes on a preliminary plan on a waterfront ballpark for the team.
Last time around, the team had said there were about 20 sites that could work for a 30,000 seat ballpark. This time, they looked at only three.
Two were in Henderson, one near the Galleria at Sunset mall in the southeast part of town and the other near the M Resort, more centrally located in the valley, off Interstate 15 near St. Rose Parkway.
The third site was right in the heart of the valley at Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara, the Las Vegas Festival Grounds that is owned by Phil Ruffin.
During the trip, the A’s contingent met with Henderson city officials along with Scott Sibella of the new Resorts World, Boring Co. President Steve Davis and Ed Finger, chief financial officer of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Despite all these talks, there hasn’t been any discussions on possible financing of the stadium, which is projected to cost $1 billion.
The A’s were given permission by Major League baseball to explore MLB Las Vegas Relocation in May. The team has said Las Vegas is the only possible city the team is currently exploring.
MLB Las Vegas relocation could include temporary use of Aviators stadium
When the Raiders committed to moving to Las Vegas, the team was in the awkward situation of remaining in Oakland for two years while Allegiant Stadium was being built.
If the A’s make a similar move in MLB Las Vegas relocation, they may not have to wait to make such a move.
The Review-Journal reported that the team has had discussions of making temporary use of the Las Vegas Ballpark, the current home of the Las Vegas Aviators.
The Aviators are the Triple A affiliate of the A’s.
“That’s something we’re exploring as a possibility, because it’s hard to know how long these things are going to take,” Kaval told the newspaper. “We would have to understand all the different options and when things could occur. But since there is such a state-of-the-art facility already there, it’s at least an option.”
The $150 million stadium opened in 2019. It holds 10,000.
A team playing in a minor league stadium isn’t unprecedented. In fact, it’s happening right now as the Toronto Blue Jays are using the team’s Triple-A stadium in Buffalo, New York, because of COVID restrictions in Canada.
The A’s have a lease at the current RingCentral Coliseum through the 2024 season.
Could the A’s end up in Las Vegas sooner vs. later? We’ll keep track of the story for you and you’ll find the latest right here on VegasSportsToday.com.