Will The Oakland A’s Become The Las Vegas A’s? That’s the multi-million dollar question right now. The City of Oakland has already lost The Raiders to the City of Las Vegas and now the talk has turned to MLB’s Oakland A’s as the next Oakland team that wants to leave the city. There are several reasons for the teams relocation: First off, the Oakland Athletics have wanted to have a new stadium for a very long time. Playing in The Oakland Coliseum since 1968, the stadium has had a lot of problems associated with it. Seating problems on the third deck of the stadium were blocked off and reducing seating to less than 34,000 seats. This made the stadium the smallest in the entire MLB. The Las Vegas Athletics has a nice sound to it!
Right now, 2 locations are being considered: Tropicana and Las Vegas Blvd at The Tropicana Hotel Site. Bally’s which just bought this hotel has no problem tearing it down and putting up a domed stadium with a retractable roof. This is just a rumor but the RJ is reporting that this location and another are the 2 spots being considered. The second location would be at Sahara and Las Vegas Blvd at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds. Both of these locations are targeting tourists as well as locals too. 2 locations for the Las Vegas Athletics.
These locations however will bring a lot of traffic to the Strip which I think is a bad thing. What happens If you have The Raiders, The Golden Knights and The Las Vegas A’s all playing on the same day? Can you imagine all of that traffic? I cannot! The area cannot handle it. The 15 freeway is being redone now to accomodate Allegiant Stadium. This project will not be done until 2026 or longer. Check out this site for more information: http://i15trop.com/
There is still a lot that needs to happen. The City of Oakland still must vote next week to approve a deal to keep the A’s in Oakland. The team wants to be part of a ballpark that would be near the waterfront of Oakland’s vast water area. The idea is a mixed use 12 billion dollar complex that would house a ballpark, commercial space and living spaces. The Oakland Athletics have a lot riding on a deal this year.
If this project moves forward with the Oakland City Concil this coming week, they will have to vote on it as well in November. This is according to the RJ Article here: https://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/athletics/as-oakland-running-out-of-time-to-strike-binding-deal-in-2022-2644678/
There still is a lot on the table for both the City of Oakland as well as The Oakland A’s. The other issue is that will the state of Nevada float more tax dollars to fund another private/public venture like it did for the Raiders? That is a huge question that right now may not be answered right away.
Great question! From what I have been reading and hearing lately, Las Vegas will get MLB and NBA here in the next few years. With over 2.5 million people in the Las Vegas Valley, and the success of The Las Vegas Golden Knights as well as The Las Vegas Raiders, these other teams will arrive!
Las Vegas is becoming a great place to support our local professional sports teams. The energy and excitment is here, the fans are here. The tourists are here too! Will Oakland move here? My opinion is YES, they will be done with Oakland. This is just a process for them. Allowing The CIty of Oakland to give it’s final approval is likely not going to happen because the city council and the mayor do not want to fork over millions of dollars to keep the team in Oakland. Let’s see if The Oakland A’s become the Las Vegas Athletics this year!
It’s all about the mighty dollar in the end of this saga. It may also be a problem for the State of Nevada to fork over money too. I think by the end of the year we will know if I am right or wrong. I must say though that living here the past few years has been interesting. Getting professional sports teams here is something I tought I would never see. And now look at us as a city! Finally, we are on the professional sports map!