A’s reportedly eyeing Tropicana site for possible Strip ballpark


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A’s President Dave Kaval told the Review-Journal last month the team had put an offer on a site where it could look to build a $1 billion Major League ballpark. Kaval didn’t reveal the site at that time, but noted the team was down to two or three sites in Las Vegas after whittling a list that once included over 20 sites.

In May, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred gave the A’s the green light to begin exploring Las Vegas as a potential landing spot for relocation from Oakland. The league’s decision occurred as the A’s are working with Oakland officials to land a deal for a $12 billion mixed-use project that would include a waterfront ballpark at the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal.
Be interesting to see who tries to help ramrod taxpayer financing for this deal. Nevada voters are never going to approve it. Going to have to be a bait and switch move by the Legislature to do it and I think enough people got voted out after the Raiders stadium was approved to think there is zero appetite for it. Unless MGM wants to buy the team and pay for it themselves this feels like a lot of hype and little substance.


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If you build it they will come.

I'm going to miss the expanded foul territory at Oakland Alameda


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Shouldn't be too difficult to attract them given their liberal infested rat-haven known as Oakland.
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Rumor out there is MGM might tear down Excalibur and Luxor to build something new, which could include large parking lots. On their conference call they only mentioned the space in front of the Excalibur, but why build something nice there that is connected to your 30-year old lowest end property?


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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman isn't exactly extending a warm embrace to the Oakland Athletics, who plan to build a $1.5 billion stadium in her city.

In fact, Goodman said the team's stadium plan "does not make sense" and that A's ownership should go back to the drawing board and pitch a new plan in the Bay Area.

"I personally think [the A's have] got to figure out a way to stay in Oakland to make their dream come true," Goodman told the Front Office Sports Today podcast, which was released Tuesday.

Goodman took to social media later Tuesday to add context to her comments and said she was "excited about the prospect of Major League Baseball" in her city, though she didn't back off her statement that Oakland and the A's should try to make their relationship work in a "perfect world."

She added: "Should that fail, Las Vegas has shown that it is a spectacular market for major league sports franchises."

The A's ballpark is planned for a nine-acre parcel on the Las Vegas Strip and Goodman said the congestion makes the site less attractive than a larger site in north Las Vegas, which she proposed. However, the mayor and the city do not have jurisdiction over the Strip, which falls under the oversight of Clark County.

"There are a lot of questions about whether that's going to fit," Goodman told the podcast about plans for the site, and A's owner John Fisher has drawn the ire of Las Vegas locals for failing to share revised artists renderings to show just how it will be situated on the lot.

Fisher's plan is to finish the park in time for the 2028 season and leave the cavernous and worn out Coliseum in Oakland, the fifth-oldest stadium in the major leagues, after the team's lease runs out following the 2024 season. The team has yet to secure a facility for the interim three seasons.


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the best baseball fields have always been on top of football fields, triples are more exciting than dingers, it also keeps the prices down