The Athletics have released the first renderings of the club’s proposed new ballpark in Las Vegas.
Sitting on nine acres at the Tropicana casino site, the ballpark would feature a variety of seating options, a partially retractable roof, and a capacity for 30,000 fans.
Bally’s would tear down the casino to make way for the $1.5 billion stadium. The A’s may require about $400 million in public funding for the project, according to reports. The stadium is not guaranteed to be built, nor is the A’s guaranteed to leave Oakland.
The A’s said the ballpark would be “one of the most intimate settings in Major League Baseball.” The orientation of the playing surface would allow the outfield to open up at the corner of Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard.
The venue will also host concerts, according to the team. The ballpark is expected to welcome more than 2.5 million fans and visitors each year.
“The design pays homage to the rich history of athletics and the unique spirit of Las Vegas,” said the team. “The plan will feature innovative architecture, sustainability and environmental consciousness, and modern amenities that focus on the ultimate in fan experience excellence.”
“From the moment we walked onto the Tropicana site nearly two years ago, it was obvious that it would be great for a new A’s ballpark in Las Vegas,” A’s design director and Schrock owner KC Architecture said. Brad Schrock. “The ballpark’s natural orientation creates not only some of the best views and connections to the Las Vegas skyline from the seating bowl, but also opens up the corner ballpark in a way that creates opportunities for extraordinary energetic public space with open spaces and expansive baseball field views.”
The team added that they will continue to refine the “look and feel” of the ballpark over the next year. In other words, the design may change.