Earlier this month, executives from MLB’s franchise, Oakland A’s, announced that it will be exploring options for a new home and Las Vegas has been shortlisted. This follows the delays by Bay Area’s city officials agreeing on terms to help the franchise build a new ballpark. The franchise owner has indicated that he does not believe that the existing ballpark in the Bay Arena will be able to withstand the changes that will affect the future of the demands of the sport. City officials have provided minimum substantiation for their lack of support resulting in the MLB franchise being forced to seek a new home.
John Fisher, the owner of the A’s and son of the founders of the popular clothing brand GAP, said that he is looking for a new city for his franchise to call home that will be willing to invest their funds and energy into building a new and professional baseball venue. The MLB confirmed that the Oakland A’s current home venue, the Oakland Coliseum, is no longer a viable option for the future vision of professional baseball. Fisher shared that he believes the future success of his team will rely heavily on a new venue. While Oakland is a great town for baseball and the team will continue pushing for its waterfront ballpark venue, they are also following the MLB’s advice to explore other potential markets.
Las Vegas stands out and is being considered for the franchise. While Vegas is well known for its gambling venues, the city is also home to four professional sporting leagues and the former sister of the A’s pro team, the Raiders.
The MLB and Fisher have proposed the construction of a baseball park and complex at Oakland’s Howard Terminal. The complex would provide a wide variety of uses and includes an office, a hotel, retail space and 3000 housing units and is estimated to cost around $12 billion to construct. The ballpark section of the build would cost $1 billion and Fisher and the A’s have offered to fund this section of the project. However, the Oakland City council has not given its approval for the overall plan as yet and has not committed the remaining $11 billion. David Kaval, President of the A’s, shared that the franchise has presented the city council with a proposal and offer that has yet to be responded to. However, he believes that they will still attempt to pursue the waterfront project, which is an exciting and dynamic proposal. However, the team is running out of time and its current venue and has been forced to look into other states and markets to discover other possibilities.
Encompassing a portion of the Strip and downtown Vegas, Clark County has provided $750 million to assist in the construction of an NFL stadium that cost around $1,9 billion. The stadium has been dubbed the Allegiant Stadium and Mark Davis, the owner of the Raiders, covered some of the construction costs for this project.
Industry analysts have shared that they believe Las Vegas to be one of the likeliest cities for the A’s to relocate to if the team opts to take this route. The good news is that Nevada seems more than happy to welcome the franchise.
Henderson, found Southeast of Vegas, has stated that it would be happy to take the franchise on. In 2019, Henderson attempted to lure the Diamondbacks from Arizona to their town. The Mayor of Henderson, Debra March, shared that the town had a proposal put together in 2019 that she would be willing to resurrect and discuss with the A’s. Experts have stated that this would be logical relocation for the A's while Mayor March has reiterated that she would be keen to have this conversation if the opportunity arises.