Mayor League Baseball has given the green light for the Oakland A’s to relocate to Las Vegas, a move that is expected to bring significant economic benefits to the city. The approval has been met with enthusiasm from key lawmakers, including Nicole Cannizzaro and Steve Yeager.
The relocation will pave the way for the construction of a new 33,000-capacity stadium in Las Vegas, with completion expected by 2028. Nicole Cannizzaro expressed her excitement about the prospect of having another team and infrastructure in Las Vegas, noting the potential ancillary benefits it will bring to the city.
The development of the stadium has already generated jobs in the construction industry, providing a much-needed economic boost, particularly during the summer months when visitation is typically down. Steve Yeager highlighted the positive impact the new stadium will have on tourism and the quality of life in Las Vegas.
The move comes after all team owners unanimously approved the construction of the Oakland A’s at the Tropicana Resort. The team will remain at their current venue until 2024, after which they will explore options for temporary locations until the new stadium is completed.
The new stadium is expected to attract an annual footfall of 2.5 million and will feature a retractable roof and state-of-the-art playing surface. In addition to the stadium, a new 1,500-room hotel-casino is also in the works. Bally, the company behind the development, has committed to operating the Tropicana Las Vegas until further options for development are evaluated.
John Fisher, the owner of the A’s, expressed his excitement about the future of the franchise in Las Vegas and the opportunities it will bring. The Ballpark Project has received approximately $380 million in public funding, with proponents of the scheme pledging to create a special tax district around the stadium to generate revenue for its upkeep.
Overall, the approval of the A’s relocation to Las Vegas has been met with optimism and excitement, with the city eagerly anticipating the economic and community-building opportunities it will bring.