A’s to go back to Las Vegas Valley for a baseball site search
After a month-long hiatus, Oakland Athletics executives will return to southern Nevada this week to continue their search for a site for a Major League Baseball stadium.
Team owner John Fisher and A president Dave Kaval plan to be in the Las Vegas Valley Wednesday through Friday, a team spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.
This will be the fifth time that team representatives have visited the area as they explore a possible Oakland relocation. MLB officials gave A permission to consider moving to Las Vegas three months ago, following issues encountered in the process of launching a new stadium project in Oakland.
The A’s and Oakland City Council discussed a billion-dollar, 30,000-seat baseball stadium at Howard Terminal in Oakland Harbor. At the end of last month, city council approved his stadium proposal but the A’s found the offer unacceptable. Negotiations between the two parties have resumed in an attempt to bridge their differences.
This week’s trip will include a variety of meetings and site searches – as the A’s have done in the past – for a proposed 30,000-seat stadium here. After the group’s fourth trip in July, Kaval said the team had more than 20 potential sites on their list.
This list seems to have grown: the team is interested in a site on Las Vegas Boulevard and Warm Springs Road, next to the future Brightline West high-speed train station. It would be accessible from Interstate 15 at Blue Diamond Road, 215 Beltway at Las Vegas Boulevard or Warm Springs, and a few miles from the south end of the Las Vegas Strip and McCarran International Airport.
This proximity to McCarran would require further assessment by the airport and the Federal Aviation Administration, according to Chris Jones, spokesperson for the airport.
A similar scenario unfolded before the construction of the Allegiant Stadium due to its proximity to the airport.
Team officials will visit other venues to imagine how a stadium might adapt to each piece of land. They looked at sites in Henderson, the Las Vegas Strip, downtown Las Vegas, and Summerlin.
Additionally, team leaders will meet with union representatives from the region, community groups and their feasibility team, who help A’s to explore the demographics of ticket sales and how parking and transportation could. unfold, the spokesperson said.
The A’s brass will also meet Jeremy Aguero, director of Applied Analysis, who is on staff at the Las Vegas Stadium Authority, the team spokesperson confirmed. Aguero was instrumental in relocating the Raiders as a member of the stadium authority. Aguero has a long list of clients in the public and private sectors, including the cities of Las Vegas and Henderson, Clark County, Station Casinos, UFC, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Since A’s Brass began their exploration of the Las Vegas market, they have had tentative conversations with Hobbs, Ong and Associates to advise them on the financial aspects of building a stadium, according to Guy Hobbs, managing director of the society.
The financial advisory firm, co-founded by Hobbs and Katherine Ong Sisolak – the wife of Governor Steve Sisolak – played a similar role in the Raiders’ relocation.
Hobbs said which site the A’s might choose to build a stadium will dictate how the fundraising mechanism unfolds.
“If you remember with the Raiders, there (Allegiant Stadium) being located in unincorporated county was certainly different from the one located in town in terms of some things that could be done, as far as the financial mechanics go.” Hobbs said. “With the Raiders there was a public element to that and with the As I heard the term public-private partnership mentioned.
“If there was a public element, we would probably recommend that as well. That’s pretty much the role we had with the Raiders.