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The Oakland A's on Friday released three images of the ballpark the team hopes to build on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip.
The proposed ballpark site is on nine acres of land to the southeast of South Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue. A team statement that accompanied the renderings confirms that the ballpark has a projected capacity of 30,000, which would be the smallest capacity among Major League Baseball stadiums.
The Oakland Coliseum, the A's current home, has MLB's largest capacity at 56,782. The smallest capacity of any current MLB stadium is the Cleveland Guardians' Progressive Field, at 34,830.
“From the minute we stepped onto the Tropicana site nearly two years ago, it was immediately obvious what a fantastic fit it would be for a new A’s ballpark in Las Vegas,” A’s director of design and owner of Schrock KC Architecture, Brad Schrock, said in a statement. “The natural orientation of the ballpark creates not only some of the best views and connection to the Las Vegas skyline from the seating bowl but also opens up the ballpark to the corner in a way that creates opportunities for an amazing energetic public space with open and expansive views into the ballpark.”
The renderings show the ballpark's outfield opening to the north toward the Strip's southernmost casinos, with an entry plaza on the southeast corner of South Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue. The plaza leads to a ballpark entrance above left field.
Varying images show the outfield to be both open and glassed-in, indicating there would be some form of retractable enclosure at the park.
The site is surrounded by several of the Las Vegas Strip's largest hotel-casinos, with MGM Grand to the north, New York-New York Hotel & Casino to the northwest and Excalibur Hotel & Casino to the west.
Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo said Wednesday that legislative leaders and the Athletics had reached a tentative agreement on a $1.5 billion stadium funding plan that would lure the franchise to Las Vegas.
A funding bill still must be approved by the Legislature, which is set to end its regular biennial session on June 5. The team also would need permission to move from the owners of the other 29 MLB franchises. The MLB owners' vote could take place in June, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters on Thursday.