Las Vegas Athletics? Move From Oakland Progresses

by: Kameron LeTexier | April 20, 2023

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                The Oakland Athletics have signed a building agreement to purchase 49-acres of land in Las Vegas that will be home to their new ballpark. The ballpark will be placed near the Las Vegas strip by Allegiant stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders who the Athletics formerly shared the Oakland Coliseum with up until December of 2019. The Athletics president Dave Kaval reported that the new ballpark will feature a retractable roof and will seat 30,000 to 35,000 fans. The Athletics will make the move to Vegas at the start of the 2027 season.

                The move has appeared likely for a while due to the team having the league's lowest average attendance sitting at only 10,129 per game. The reason for attendance being down could be due to lack of on field success, but the ballpark conditions are the worst in baseball and the main factor for fans not flooding the seats. The Oakland Coliseum has a reputation of poor upkeep ranging from broken seats, plumbing and water leaks, feces from feral cats, and a moth infestation. The Athletics ownership is aware of the issues but because the Coliseum is a recreational shared stadium, they cannot renovate it.

                Dave Kaval and his team have been working on moving the Athletics since 2017 and commenced the planning for a new stadium by the Howard Terminal that was more recently rejected by the city council. The Oakland Athletics will be joining the Raiders in Las Vegas instead. 


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