Oakland A's

Report: A’s stadium search hits the Las Vegas Strip

The Oakland Athletics had already revealed they made an offer on a piece of land in Las Vegas for a potential new ballpark, and now one report claims to pin down the exact location.

Hint: it’s not in Henderson, a sleepy suburb of Las Vegas. It’s not even in downtown Las Vegas, which is definitely not the hippest part of the city. It’s — of course — on the Las Vegas Strip.

Here are more details on a report from CNBC, courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle.

The A’s, who are also pursuing a ballpark development project in Oakland, recently made an offer to buy a piece of land in the Las Vegas area that could potentially hold a new stadium.

CNBC reported Wednesday the site is “likely” the Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, owned by Bally’s Corp., on the Las Vegas Strip. The A’s have also considered a site near the Wynn Las Vegas resort and another owned by Caesars, CNBC reported.

An A’s spokesperson declined comment on the CNBC report. Bally’s also declined comment on the report.

Matt Kawahara/San Fancisco Chronicle

I actually thought the A’s might be desperate enough to move to Henderson, but my low expectation was certainly surpassed if this report is true.

Plus, clearly, the A’s threat to move to Las Vegas appears to be more serious than a bargaining ploy with Oakland over a new ballpark in the Bay Area.

The multi-purpose waterfront proposal in Oakland costs roughly $12 billion. A ballpark alone in Las Vegas would cost much less. Could Oakland and the Bay Area lose another team? We shall eventually see.

(Photo by Stefan Wagener)

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