A's focus on Vegas relocation process after landing temporary homesite

Mick Akers, Las Vegas Review-Journal on

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LAS VEGAS — Now that its temporary homesite has been nailed down, the Oakland Athletics can now focus on aspects of their planned Las Vegas relocation.

That work entails hammering out agreements tied to the planned Las Vegas stadium, filing for trademarks for future homesites and fighting a ballot measure push challenging their stadium public funding.

Last week the A’s announced they will play at Triple-A ballpark Sutter Health Park in Sacramento for the 2025-2027 MLB seasons. Sacramento came into the fray because the A’s lease at the team’s current home, Oakland Coliseum, expires at the end of the year and the team needed a home park between 2025 and the planned opening day in Las Vegas in 2028.

The A’s plan to build a $1.5 billion, 33,000-fan-capacity ballpark on 9 acres of the 35-acre Tropicana site. Before construction can begin on the ballpark demolition of the Rat Pack-era hotel must occur.

“The Tropicana closed, the historic and memorable casino and resort, one that we want to make sure that we honor its legacy in what we do on the site,” A’s President Dave Kaval told the Las Vegas Review-Journal last week. “That’s a big step that’s happening. They have an October demolition that Bally’s is moving forward with.”

Bally’s Corp. Chairman Soo Kim told the Review-Journal last month the Tropicana could be imploded, if they are able to secure the required permits. Once demolished, crews will clear and prepare the site ahead of the A’s planned construction start time in April 2025.


Vegas stadium agreements

The A’s aren’t sitting around waiting for the Trop to come down. The team is working on multiple agreements with the Las Vegas Stadium Authority.

A series of agreements need to be finalized and approved by the stadium authority before the up to $380 million in public funding earmarked for the stadium by Senate Bill 1 could be made available for the project. The A’s must also spend the first $100 million from its own funds during the construction process before the public money is made available.

Drafts of the lease agreement and the biggest document of the needed agreements — the development agreement — could be presented at the next scheduled meeting May 16.


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