Oakland A’s lose potential Las Vegas stadium site
By David Hill
While it appears that the Oakland A’s long desired stadium at Howard Terminal is slowly getting closer to reality, it is not a given that the project will take place. There are other votes needed to approve the project and both sides still need to agree to a binding resolution. The A’s also have not officially decided to commit to the area just yet as they have been looking at stadium sites in Las Vegas.
The A’s had gone so far as to put in a bid on a potential stadium site. They had an interest in the property currently occupied by the Tropicana. It would have given the A’s their downtown stadium that they would have wanted on the strip, making them part of the experience.
Oakland A’s stadium site purchased by Bally’s
In the end, that property will go to someone else. Bally’s Corp., based in Rhode Island, is set to purchase the Tropicana, keeping the hotel and casino going. That does not mean that there will note changes, including the possibility of just tearing everything apart to rebuild it back up.
While a piece of Las Vegas history will be preserved, this also puts that A’s back to square one as it pertains to finding a stadium site in the city. Although they had a list of possible options, they have lost out on their primary focus.
This could be excellent news for the city of Oakland and A’s fans. By losing their top target in Las Vegas, the A’s may be forced to focus on the Bay Area and the Howard Terminal Project. The A’s may end up Rooted In Oakland after all just because they do not have another attractive option.
The Oakland A’s have lost out on their primary target for a new stadium in Las Vegas. The Tropicana is being sold to Bally’s Corp instead.