July 11, 2023
A rendering of the A's proposed $1.5 billion, 30,000-seat, retractable roof ballpark on the Strip and Tropicana Avenue. (Courtesy Oakland A's)
When Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher began exploring Las Vegas as a potential relocation option for his Major League Baseball franchise, he was enthused by the number of people he saw wearing team gear for the Vegas Golden Knights and Las Vegas Raiders. But it was a brief conversation with a couple of military members stationed in Las Vegas that sold him on the city. “They were talking about how great Las Vegas was and it was a place where you would want to live,” Fisher told The Nevada Independent in a brief interview Thursday. “That kind of was the start, about two-and-a-half years ago.”
Questions raised over the feasibility of fitting a 30,000-seat, retractable-roof Major League Baseball stadium on roughly one-quarter of the Tropicana’s 35-acre south Strip location have not rankled the Oakland A’s nor Bally’s Corp., which operates the Rat Pack-era resort.