A’s President Dave Kaval told the Review-Journal last month the team had put an offer on a site where it could look to build a $1 billion Major League ballpark. Kaval didn’t reveal the site at that time, but noted the team was down to two or three sites in Las Vegas after whittling a list that once included over 20 sites.
In May, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred gave the A’s the green light to begin exploring Las Vegas as a potential landing spot for relocation from Oakland. The league’s decision occurred as the A’s are working with Oakland officials to land a deal for a $12 billion mixed-use project that would include a waterfront ballpark at the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal.
Be interesting to see who tries to help ramrod taxpayer financing for this deal. Nevada voters are never going to approve it. Going to have to be a bait and switch move by the Legislature to do it and I think enough people got voted out after the Raiders stadium was approved to think there is zero appetite for it. Unless MGM wants to buy the team and pay for it themselves this feels like a lot of hype and little substance.
Rumor out there is MGM might tear down Excalibur and Luxor to build something new, which could include large parking lots. On their conference call they only mentioned the space in front of the Excalibur, but why build something nice there that is connected to your 30-year old lowest end property?