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This week, the Oakland Athletics signed a definitive agreement to purchase 49 acres at Dean Martin Drive and Tropicana Avenue near the Las Vegas strip. This is the latest sign that the A’s have given up on finding a new deal in Oakland & have their sights on Vegas, possibly as soon as 2027.
“For a while we were on parallel paths (with Oakland), but we have turned our attention to Las Vegas to get a deal here for the A’s and find a long-term home,” A’s President Dave Kaval told the Review-Journal on Wednesday. “Oakland has been a great home for us for over 50 years, but we really need this 20-year saga completed and we feel there’s a path here in Southern Nevada to do that.”
The stadium would be a 30,000-seat, retractable roof stadium that they believe will help increase attendance over 400,000 visitors a year.
The possibility of the Oakland Athletics relocating to Las Vegas has been discussed for several years. In April 2021, the A’s received permission from Major League Baseball to explore relocation options. Las Vegas was one of several cities mentioned as a potential new home for the team.
Since then, talks between the A’s and the city of Oakland about a new stadium have continued, and the team has preferred to stay in the Bay Area if possible. However, this seems very unlikely & the A’s will likely follow the Raiders to Vegas & the Warriors out of Oakland.
Several factors make Las Vegas an attractive location for a Major League Baseball team, including the city’s rapidly growing population, status as a major tourist destination, and the success of the Las Vegas Golden Knights, the city’s professional hockey team.
Overall, while the possibility of the A’s relocating to Las Vegas is still uncertain, but this latest news may be the final nail in Oakland’s rich professional sports story.
Get the full story, quotes, and details at the LVRJ here.