Nevada lawmakers delay Oakland A’s stadium vote until next week
Jun 9, 2023, 9:55 AM
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The Oakland A’s won’t know where they stand with a potential stadium in Las Vegas until at least next week.
According to multiple reports, Nevada lawmakers adjourned for the weekend without voting on the bill that would bring baseball to Sin City.
And the #nvleg A's stadium special session slows down further, with Assembly taking the next few days off.
Remember this comes as legislators wrapped a 120-day session Monday, including many late nights in lead up to June 5 + a special session June 6.
People miss their families https://t.co/eHeuAc2xdM
— Sean Golonka (@s_golonka) June 8, 2023
The Nevada Legislature adjourned Monday, June 5, for their regular session without initially hearing the bill. However, Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo called a special session for the Legislature two days later to discuss SB-509, the public financing deal that would see Nevada award the A’s $380 million to help fund a $1.5 billion stadium.
According to the Associated Press, the “measure can still be amended by lawmakers, and if it passes the Senate it would still need approval from the Assembly before going to the desk of Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo, who has expressed support for it.”
MLB owners would then have to approve the move, too.
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.
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.