Key League Baseball Franchise Tends to make Bid On Las Vegas Casino
A key league baseball franchise seems to want to turn a Las Vegas Strip casino into a baseball stadium.
According to a report from a local NBC affiliate, the Oakland Athletics made an offer on the Tropicana Las Vegas with hopes of turning the casino into its new home field.
There have been rumors for years about the possibility of a Main League Baseball team relocating to Las Vegas, especially right after the NHL was profitable in developing a fan base about an expansion group in the city with the Vegas Golden Knights entering the league in 2017. The NFL’s Oakland Raiders relocated to Sin City three years later.
When the gossip began circulating about a group moving to Las Vegas in 2018, the initial reports had been that the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, the now-former property of the Planet Series of Poker, was the most likely landing spot for a field. That thought was officially place to rest when Caesars sold the house to Dreamscape in 2019.
The Tropicana Las Vegas sits on a 35-acre plot of land at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue. The property was bought by Bally’s last April for $150 million. Neither Bally’s nor the Athletics have been willing to comment on the report to a media outlet.
Final year, Major League Baseball gave Oakland the go-ahead to search for possible landing spots to relocate to as the group was playing in one of the oldest ballparks in the league with one of the worst attendance records. In 2021, the group averaged just eight,767 fans at every residence game, which ranked 29th out of 30 franchises. The 55-year-old Oakland Coliseum’s maximum capacity is 63,132.
It was also reported that the team inquired about Caesars-owned land and the Wynn Golf Course, but neither is a candidate for the facility anymore. In 2017, Wynn was organizing to turn the course into a water park, but the business ditched the thought a year later.
Gov. Steve Sisolak confirmed that he was in talks with the group shortly after the 2021 season ended, but stated that he was unaware of the possibility of the team bidding on the Tropicana.
“I have talked to the people from the Oakland A’s a couple of weeks back,” Sisolak told local media. “That wasn’t one particular of the sites they pointed out to me.”