As the relationship between the Oakland A’s and the City of Oakland continues to sour, the franchise has turned their sights elsewhere. Las Vegas has become the destination du jour, as the A’s would follow the Raiders to the desert if they are unable to get their new stadium at Howard Terminal.
However, this could potentially cause an issue. The A’s may end up leaving Oakland before the new stadium is built, leaving them without a home for a year or two. As it turns out, there is a potential solution already near Las Vegas, as the A’s could simply take over Las Vegas Ballpark, home of their Triple-A franchise.
Oakland A’s could have temporary home in Las Vegas
The A’s are going to remain in Oakland through 2024 as their lease on the Colesium still has three more years remaining. From that point, it is anyone’s guess as to what will happen. A new ballpark in Las Vegas would be projected to be finished for the 2027 season, which would mean that the A’s would likely need to use the Aviators’ ballpark for two years.
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While this is not the ideal situation, it is something that has precedent. The Blue Jays have had to use Sahlen Field, home of their Triple-A team, for the past two years due to COVID restrictions in Canada. With the upgrades made to the park, Buffalo has become a home away from home for the Blue Jays.
The same could happen for the A’s. They have also made numerous upgrades at the park, turning the facility into one of the best in the minor leagues. Those upgrades could pay off in spades, especially if the A’s find themselves calling Las Vegas Ballpark home for a year or two while the new stadium is being built.
Of course, this is all speculative at this point. The vote needs to occur for the Howard Terminal ballpark, which is not set to happen until July 20. However, at this point, it appears as though the A’s are preparing for a negative reaction, and a potential move in the coming years.
If the Oakland A’s move to Las Vegas, they may need a temporary home. Las Vegas Ballpark, home of their Triple-A franchise, could work.