Oakland Athletics buys 49 acres of land in Las Vegas

A city’s trash is a Las Vegas treasure. The Oakland Coliseum has been a steam heap of a ballpark for decades. After numerous skirmishes with the city over Byzantine budgets, funding, public subsidies and possible sites for a new Oakland-area stadium, Exercise Announced the purchase of 49 acres of land on the Las Vegas Strip. land, one mile north of Allegiant Stadium – home of Raiders – Will eventually be used to develop a spectacular 30 to 35,000-seat $1.5 billion stadium on the Las Vegas Strip.

While the land purchase agreement is not a stadium deal, according to Las Vegas Review-Journal, A has an option to purchase an additional eight acres of land at a later date. However, for all intents and purposes, this is also Oakland’s final chapter for major professional sports. In 2019, the Golden State Warriors moved from Oracle Arena in Oakland to the Chase Center in San Francisco and later that year, the Raiders played their final game at the Oakland Coliseum amid a chorus. There is nothing left to steal.

Sewage seeping into the dugout, a lousy locker room, and frequent rallies possum Taking refuge inside broadcast booths has made the Coliseum a miserable stadium to play in or attend games with Nashville, Portland and Montreal—which certainly housed an MLB team—as potential sites of the A’s in the past. As discussed. However, the Las Vegas Aviators have been their official Triple-A affiliate since 2019. In December, Commissioner Rob Manfred revealed that the A’s were turning their attention to a deal with Las Vegas while the Oakland city government underwent a change following the election of new leadership. Its new mayor, Sheng Thao.

In many respects, the athletics in Tampa Bay have been the antithesis of their equally destitute East Coast counterparts. While The Rays have managed to defy the odds and struggle with a modest payroll, Oakland and Billy Beane have allowed themselves to falter and their moneyball For much of the decade since the height of Aaron Sorkin’s reputation, he has been portrayed as a daring sabermatrix success story.

Instead, A’s owner John Fisher borrowed the plot. major League, eliminated the roster, and presented the city of Oakland with a disgusting product while it was toying with other cities. Currently fielding the worst team in Major League Baseball as well as a farm system devoid of talentThe Athletics couldn’t get out in less time.

Funding, politics stalling new stadium talks

Local politics and funding disputes have plagued the A’s talks for a new stadium since the turn of the millennium, and in response to the A’s announcement, Oakland’s mayor questioned the motives of an organization that had spent the last few years Packed my bags in the corner since the season. while he naïvely worked out a deal for the $12 billion Howard Terminal Complex.

“Nevertheless, it is clear to me that the A’s have no intention of staying in Oakland and are simply trying to use this process to get a better deal out of Las Vegas. I have no interest in continuing that game.” Is – The fans and our residents deserve better,” Thao said in a statement. According to the San Francisco Chronicle,

Added Thao, “I am deeply disappointed that the A’s have decided not to negotiate with the City of Auckland as a true partner who respects the long relationship between the fans, the city and the team.

“In a time of budget deficit,” Thao’s statement continued, “I refuse to compromise the safety and well-being of our residents. Given these realities, we are ceasing negotiations and exploring options for the redevelopment of Howard Terminal.” But moving forward.

And just like that, the Oakland A’s away from home for the past six decades has kicked into high gear. The A’s battle with the local city government contrasts with the upbeat message it received from Vegas Mayor Joe Lombardo.

“Welcoming the A’s to Las Vegas will be great news for Southern Nevada as well as our entire state,” he said in a statement. “The prospect of new jobs, greater economic growth and bringing an extraordinary MLB team to Las Vegas is exciting on many levels. As we continue to navigate this opportunity, I look forward to working with A, Major League Baseball, legislative leadership and local and state Am in regular communication with the stakeholders.

The A’s next step is actually designing and funding a (domed) stadium in the Vegas desert. Whether or not Sin City can support an MLB team isn’t the question. It is whether his penny-pinching management is equipped to produce a winner that could actually turn out to be an attraction in a city of distractions.

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