The Las Vegas location supports the relocation of potential A’s if the team can’t — or don’t want to — stay in Oakland

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The City of Oakland and the Athletics continue their dance when it comes to one potential new ballpark in the Howard Terminal. It has been discussed for months and even years. The other realistic option on the table when it comes to finally breaking free from the RingCentral Coliseum (many know it simply as Oakland Coliseum) would be to move to Las Vegas.

On that front, the city is fully on board, and it sounds like those in power would rather have the A as a possible expansion team going forward.

From the Las Vegas Review Journal, which spoke to Derek Stevens, co-owner of downtown properties Circa, Golden Gate and The D, after he and other local business owners met with the A’s earlier this week:

“If Vegas doesn’t land the A’s, it could impact Vegas getting a team at some point in the near future,” Stevens wrote in the lyrics. “For the (MLB) Commissioner (Rob Manfred) to waive the relocation fee is tremendous. When people say they want an expansion team that’s a “Vegas team,” people forget that the expansion fee is going to be somewhere between $1 billion and $2 billion, so Vegas has that much money for an expansion fee and THEN it needs to take care of all the other elements like stadium costs and operating income?”

It seems that the latest and most realistic proposal would be a North Strip location — the NFL’s Raiders play all the way on the South Strip — with a 35,000-seat domed stadium on the Las Vegas Festival grounds at the southwest corner of Las Vegas Boulevard (aka “The Strip”) and Sahara Avenue. More from the Review Journal:

“We have reiterated our support that we believe Sahara/LV Blvd is the best location,” [Resorts World Las Vegas president Scott] Sibella wrote in an email. “Having the A’s in Las Vegas will be great for Strip real estate and the LV community.”

The meeting didn’t include discussions on economics, only that the “A’s will have our full support,” Sibella added.

No matter how it happens, Major League Baseball would love to see A’s ballpark situation resolved as soon as possible. One would eventually like to add two more teams through expansion, but Commissioner Rob Manfred has said he would like the Rays and A’s both to nail down their plans for their future stadiums before the league even talks about going ahead with expansion plans. The Rays recently took a step towards securing the future of St. Petersburgso maybe (maybe? maybe?) this is a step forward for the A’s. The Las Vegas location supports the relocation of potential A’s if the team can’t — or don’t want to — stay in Oakland

Chris Estrada

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