The Oakland Athletics announced Monday that they have reached an agreement to build a stadium in Las Vegas, a prelude to the California franchise’s move to Nevada.
“We’re excited to bring MLB to this iconic venue,” A’s president Dave Kaval said following the announcement.
An agreement to build a new stadium with a capacity of 30,000 spectators, near the Tropicana Hotel, has been concluded with a local company, Bally Entertainment, according to a press release issued by this company specializing in games.
According to US media, the cost of the project is estimated at 1.5 billion US dollars, of which nearly 400 million is from public funding, which has not yet been consolidated.
According to the same sources, the new enclosure will be ready to welcome the Athletics, based since 1968 in Oakland, on the outskirts of San Francisco, at the start of the 2027 season.
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The announcement comes as the Athletics failed to get a new stadium built in Oakland.
If the move is confirmed, the A’s, whose ninth and final MLB title dates back to 1989, would be the second major sports franchise in the United States to join Las Vegas after the Raiders. In NFL American football, the Raiders franchise was also located in Oakland before moving to the Gaming Capital of the World in 2020.
For this purpose, the Raiders built a 65,000-seat stadium in the heart of Las Vegas, a project of approximately US$2 billion. Almost half of this amount was funded out of public funds by the tourism tax increase levied by the popular hotel-casinos in “Sin City”.
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