Reports: Nevada governor calls special session for Oakland A’s stadium bill

Jun 7, 2023, 9:45 AM

Fans sit behind signs referencing plans for the Oakland A's to move to Las Vegas during a game agai...

Fans sit behind signs referencing plans for the Oakland Athletics to move to Las Vegas during a game against the Atlanta Braves at RingCentral Coliseum on May 29, 2023 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Loren Elliott/Getty Images)

(Photo by Loren Elliott/Getty Images)

The Oakland A’s have been thrown a lifeline in Las Vegas.

According to multiple reports, Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo has called a special session for the Legislature to discuss SB-509, the public financing deal that would have seen Nevada award the A’s $380 million to help fund a $1.5 billion stadium.

The Nevada Legislature adjourned Monday without initially hearing the bill. A special session was called Tuesday but did not address the Oakland A’s stadium deal in Las Vegas. But, according to the Nevada Independent, Gov. Lombardo issued the proclamation late Tuesday night.

The governor did not list any specific reasons for convening a second special session, which typically accompany such proclamations. The proclamation calls for the Legislature to consider a financing and infrastructure project “related to the construction of a Major League Baseball stadium consistent with the provisions of Senate Bill 509.”

If the bill is passed, MLB owners still need to approve the relocation.

Oakland A’s stadium deal timeline

The team began the process of relocating to Las Vegas earlier this year, when they announced not one, but two binding land deals.

First, the A’s announced an agreement with Red Rock Resorts to purchase 49 acres of land in Las Vegas. Less than a month later, a second binding agreement was announced between the A’s and Bally’s Corp. As time progressed, the two sides formally announced an agreement for a new baseball stadium along the Las Vegas Strip at the site of the Tropicana Hotel.

In the agreement between the team and Bally’s Corp., the Oakland A’s will have access to nine acres on the 35-acre site located at Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue to build a 30,000-seat stadium with a retractable roof. The Gaming & Leisure Properties, Inc. [GLPI] also agreed to fund “up to $175 million towards certain shared improvements within the future development in exchange for a commensurate rent increase.”

If the plan goes through, the team could break ground on the new stadium in 2024 with games beginning in Las Vegas as early as 2028. Total construction is estimated to be around $1.5 billion.

The team released stadium renderings before the Memorial Day weekend, with the sole joint-committee hearing taking place on the Memorial Day holiday.

If the move comes to fruition, Las Vegas would be the fourth home for the franchise. The team originates from Philadelphia where they played from 1901-1954. The Athletics then moved to Kansas City until 1968, when they relocated to Oakland. The A’s lease with the Oakland Coliseum ends after the 2024 season.

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