Report: MLB owners set date for Oakland Athletics relocation vote
Sep 18, 2023, 11:08 AM
As the Oakland Athletics season comes to a close, the drama outside the ballpark will continue long into the winter months.
According to Mick Akers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a relocation vote for the team’s proposed move to Las Vegas “will occur” in November.
For the move to happen, 75% of MLB owners will have to vote yes. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the A’s started submitting their relocation paperwork this summer. A review committee, led by multiple owners, will review the application and submit their findings to Manfred.
If the A’s relocate, they’d be the first team to move since the Montreal Expos became the Washington Nationals in 2005.
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Where do Oakland Athletics relocation plans stand?
Plans to relocate accelerated this year when the organization changed direction after years of trying to work with the city of Oakland and a new stadium at Howard Terminal and announced multiple binding agreements with Las Vegas properties.
Ultimately, the team landed a spot at the Tropicana where a $1.5 billion, nine-acre stadium is expected to be built. The ballpark, which was granted $380 in public funding for construction earlier this summer, would include a retractable roof and roughly 30,000 seats. Early estimates claim the ballpark could open in time for the 2028 season.
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 have been looking to either update or move out of the Oakland Coliseum for years.
If and when the team is relocated, they will need a temporary home because the Athletics’ lease at the Coliseum concludes at the end of the 2024 MLB season.