Oakland Athletics executives wasted no time in resuming their search for a stadium location in southern Nevada, meeting members of The Howard Hughes Corp this week. on a site of interest to A’s in the Summerlin area.
Team owner John Fisher, President Dave Kaval and Executive Vice President Billy Beane were in the valley this week, arriving on Wednesday and returning to the Bay Area on Friday, as they work with their last four locations potential in the region, a source told the Revue-Journal.
The executive trio of A have met with officials from Howard Hughes, including Chairman Jay Cross, the source said. Hughes Corp., the developer of the Summerlin master plan, still owns vacant land in the community. Hughes Corp. also owns A’s Triple-A branch, the Aviators, and Las Vegas Ballpark, the Summerlin Stadium where the Aviators play their home games.
The source did not disclose the exact location of the site.
This week’s trip marks the seventh time that A’s executives have visited southern Nevada as they explore possible relocation to the region. In May, Major League Baseball officials gave the team the green light to explore relocation, as the league felt the current A’s home, the aging RingCentral Coliseum, was no longer suitable for a team of the MLB.
Kaval initially said the organization plans to publicly reveal its last three or four southern Nevada baseball venues during the month. However, the source said that was no longer the plan. The search in Las Vegas has progressed faster than expected, the source said, and possible land deals are being researched by the team.
The A’s also continued their market feasibility study this week. On Monday, the team sent out a survey regarding their possible relocation and base preferences in southern Nevada to registered fans of the Aviators. On Friday, the team sent out the same survey to registered users on their own mailing list.
In the survey, the team expressed a preference for a possible Las Vegas stadium located on or near the Strip. The survey also included questions to assess the impact, if any, of the stadium’s distance from the resort’s corridor on residents’ potential interest in attending matches.
The trip to Las Vegas comes a week after the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to enter into a non-binding agreement with the City of Oakland on a fiscal financial district project for infrastructure costs for a A proposed $ 12 billion mixed-use project centered on a $ 1 billion, 30,000-seater waterfront ballpark.
The supervisory board struck the deal to allow negotiations to continue between the A’s and the city over a proposed list of conditions that Oakland City Council approved in July.
A’s brass disagrees with the city’s proposal, and the two sides have tried to settle their differences over the planned development at the Howard Terminal in the Port of Oakland.
At last week’s county meeting, Kaval said the same issues of affordable housing, infrastructure and community benefits remain unresolved.