If the Oakland Athletics fail to strike a deal for a new stadium in Northern California and find their way to Las Vegas, they could play in Southern Nevada even before a new stadium is built in the region.
With the A’s lease at RingCentral Coliseum expiring in 2024, the Major League Baseball franchise could temporarily use the home of its Triple-A affiliate, Las Vegas Ballpark, on a temporary basis.
Team officials recognize that the potential to play in the 10,000-seat stadium that opened in 2019 is being explored as part of the team’s due diligence work in Las Vegas.
“This is something that we are exploring as a possibility, because it’s unclear how long these things are going to take,” said A chairman Dave Kaval. “We had to understand all the different options and when things might happen. But since there is already a state-of-the-art facility, that is at least an option.
The $ 150 million stadium, home to the Las Vegas Aviators, features a variety of seating options, including 22 suites, 400 club-level seats, and hundreds of party seats, in addition to an outdoor pool and a grass berm next to it.
There are various dining options from the local food vendors and stadium dishes with ample parking around the stadium, in the area adjacent to the Downtown Summerlin outdoor mall and close to the Red Rock station.
Aviators Chairman Don Logan declined to comment for the story and officials at stadium owner Howard Hughes Corp. did not respond to requests for comment.
If the A’s meet at the Las Vegas Ballpark, it wouldn’t be the first time a Major League team has played in a non-MLB stadium.
Look no further than the current baseball season with the Toronto Blue Jays playing at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York, home of their Triple-A affiliate, as coronavirus restrictions in Canada do not allow the team to play at Rogers Center. The Blue Jays started the season playing at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Fla., The team’s spring training site and the home of their Low-A team.
Former Aviators fan favorite and current A player Skye Bolt doesn’t see why a similar situation wouldn’t work in Las Vegas.
“I think temporarily, I don’t think anyone would have a problem with this,” Bolt told the Review-Journal. “I think the teams that would come in would love to play there because the ball kind of flies over there… for the moment we were there, I think our team and a bunch of guys in that dressing room would appreciate it as well. . “
With the Aviators on average sold out in every game at the stadium, Bolt noted the tremendous support the region offers the team.
“The Summerlin community is more than capable of supporting us,” Bolt said. “I just think it’s about putting certain pieces in place and setting them in motion and getting the ball rolling. I think temporarily and I say temporarily I think this place would be fantastic. It draws over 10,000 people a night and that’s all we really care about is that there’s a little more boost behind us while we’re there. During the transition, I think this is something that should last until we move to a more permanent place.
The use of the Las Vegas Ballpark as a temporary home could even be at stake if the A’s strike a deal for their $ 12 billion Howard Terminal waterfront project, which includes a $ 1 billion stadium.
“We have challenges here with the bypass to the point where the Howard Terminal could open and we’re going to have to work with the local authorities to get to that point and determine the best course of action and how a lease could be extended here or another option is being developed that makes sense, ”Kaval said.