There is big news today on the Las Vegas Strip. Major League Baseball has said for years that the A’s do not have a major league quality stadium in Oakland. That led to years of negotiations with the authorities in Northern California, although it quickly emerged that the A’s were negotiating with authorities in Southern Nevada as well. Today, Major League Baseball announced that the A’s will be moving to a new home on the Strip. So what are the details of the Oakland A’s moving to Las Vegas?
Here is what we know. The A’s are purchasing 49 acres directly across the highway from T-Mobile Arena and just north of Allegiant Stadium. That means that the closest hotels will be the New York New York and the Park MGM. MLB is reporting that it will be a 35,000 seat stadium with a partially retractable roof, although other outlets put the stadium capacity slightly lower. Either way, you can’t have the Oakland A’s moving to Las Vegas and playing in the summer heat. The A’s are working with local authorities on a public-private partnership to support stadium financing.
There is at least one major obstacle left. The A’s lease in Oakland ends after the 2024 season, and the new stadium will not be ready until the 2027 season. That leaves two years where they have to figure something out. One option is extending the current lease, but Oakland authorities are understandably upset. They might find a temporary home, and they might spend a couple of years in the home of their Las Vegas based AAA affiliate. Either way, this will be a great addition to the Vegas summer calendar.