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Thursday, December 02, 2021

A’s reportedly eyeing Tropicana site for possible Strip ballpark

The Oakland Athletics reportedly have their sights set on the Tropicana hotel site to build a potential ballpark on the Las Vegas Strip.

Two other sites also have piqued the team’s interest, one owned by Wynn Las Vegas and the other by Caesars Entertainment, according to a report Wednesday from CNBC.

Bally’s Corp., which owns the Tropicana Las Vegas, declined to comment on the report. A spokesperson for the A’s also declined to comment. Officials for Wynn and Caesars didn’t respond to a request for comment.

A’s President Dave Kaval told the Review-Journal last month that the team had put an offer on a site where it could look to build a $1 billion Major League ballpark. Kaval didn’t reveal the site at that time but noted the team was down to two or three sites in Las Vegas after whittling a list that once included over 20 sites.

If the ballpark ends up at the Tropicana site, it would add to an already robust offering of event spaces on the south portion of the resort corridor. The possible 30,000-35,000-seat stadium would be located within walking distance of Allegiant Stadium, T-Mobile Arena, the MGM Grand Garden arena and Michelob Ultra Arena at Mandalay Bay hotel-casino.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2021 at 01:02 PM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 02, 2021 at 01:55 PM (#6055883)
Did anybody else think of Tampa Bay when they read the headline?
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 02, 2021 at 02:07 PM (#6055884)
Did anyone else think a strip-ballpark might not bring in enough new fans to offset losing the family business when they read the headline?
   3. John DiFool2 Posted: December 02, 2021 at 02:15 PM (#6055887)
Did anybody else think of Tampa Bay when they read the headline?


Yep. Two teams in the Bay Area would undoubtedly cause a massive implosion which would eventually swallow the Earth.
   4. You can keep your massive haul Posted: December 02, 2021 at 02:18 PM (#6055890)
Michelob Ultra Arena at Mandalay Bay hotel-casino


Maybe the A's can change their name to something like the Angels. The Nevada Athletics at Tropicana of Las Vegas ball-team.
   5. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: December 02, 2021 at 02:28 PM (#6055896)
I've been eyeing a BMW 8 series, that doesn't mean I'm ever going to have one.
   6. KronicFatigue Posted: December 02, 2021 at 02:29 PM (#6055897)
Yep. Two teams in the Bay Area would undoubtedly cause a massive implosion which would eventually swallow the Earth.


Rays will play half their games in Montreal, and the A's will play half their games in an equally ridiculous location. All things balanced, as they should be.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2021 at 02:31 PM (#6055898)

Did anyone else think a strip-ballpark might not bring in enough new fans to offset losing the family business when they read the headline?


Thought maybe the A's were signing Torii Hunter.
   8. DL from MN Posted: December 02, 2021 at 02:59 PM (#6055907)
Then Tampa Bay can move to Oakland and become the East Bay Rays.
   9. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: December 02, 2021 at 03:29 PM (#6055914)
Did anyone else think a strip-ballpark might not bring in enough new fans to offset losing the family business when they read the headline?

That depends. How classy are the strippers?
   10. AndrewJ Posted: December 02, 2021 at 04:42 PM (#6055932)
Then Tampa Bay can move to Oakland and become the East Bay Rays.

Don't forget to pack a wife.
   11. winnipegwhip Posted: December 02, 2021 at 04:43 PM (#6055933)
Let's talk business. First of all, you're all done. The A's don't have that kind of muscle anymore. You're getting chased out of the Bay Area but the local and state governments. What do you think is going on here? You think you can come here and take over? I talked to the Rays. I can make the deal without you!
   12. winnipegwhip Posted: December 02, 2021 at 04:45 PM (#6055934)
Excellent reply Andrew J!!
   13. McCoy Posted: December 02, 2021 at 04:55 PM (#6055937)
The Tropicana is kind of the start of the nowhere area of Vegas. Excalibur, Luxor, and Mandalay Bay then pivot south. It's next to the airport. Don't see it being a great addition to the area but then again you have to put it around there or else it's pointless.
   14. Darren Posted: December 02, 2021 at 05:27 PM (#6055943)
Time to break out the Giambi memorial thong.
   15. Dog on the sidewalk has an ugly bracelet Posted: December 02, 2021 at 05:48 PM (#6055947)
Don't see it being a great addition to the area but then again you have to put it around there or else it's pointless.

What does this mean?
   16. dejarouehg Posted: December 02, 2021 at 06:01 PM (#6055949)
I immediately thought this was about Tampa …..
Tropicana + strip (Tampa is a main strip club hub) = Tampa

Then I thought it might be something about strip coin ( a new cryptocurrency)

Glad it’s Vegas. Would be fun to see games there.
   17. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 02, 2021 at 06:22 PM (#6055952)
How classy are the strippers?
By Las Vegas, MLB, or BBTF standards?
   18. McCoy Posted: December 02, 2021 at 07:08 PM (#6055958)
It means it ain't gonna do squat for the area and there is nowhere else to put it.
   19. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: December 02, 2021 at 07:26 PM (#6055962)
You're getting chased out of the Bay Area by the local and state governments.


In some sense this might be the perception, but Oakland and Alameda County are still trying to lie down for the A's. The county already sold their 1/2 share (though the State of California may still litigate this) and the City has just about agreed to sell their 1/2 share, too.

City of Oakland considers laying down for the A's

All of this WITHOUT A DEAL FOR THEM TO STAY!

Of course a few different groups have now popped up trying to get the City's half of the Coliseum, right now the City has voted to sell their half to a group headed by Robert Bobb, the former City manager, and a number of community activists, and the other is headed by Dave Stewart, former A's pitcher. The City has said they are going with Robert Bobb, and who knows why various progressive media outlets think that's a good thing - they for some reason think they can lure an NFL team to Oakland, which just seems completely out of the question in the short- to mid-term.
   20. Dog on the sidewalk has an ugly bracelet Posted: December 02, 2021 at 07:46 PM (#6055966)
Re 18: Neither statement is accurate.
   21. Walt Davis Posted: December 02, 2021 at 08:01 PM (#6055967)
Then I thought it might be something about strip coin ( a new cryptocurrency)

You can buy a lap dance with a EFT from Jasmine for just $375,000.
   22. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: December 03, 2021 at 11:11 AM (#6056021)
By Las Vegas, MLB, or BBTF standards?

I was expecting Anna Benson, not a NSFW pic. Well played, YC.
   23. A triple short of the cycle Posted: December 03, 2021 at 12:45 PM (#6056032)
There's a Forest Fire joke here somewhere...
   24. Traderdave Posted: December 03, 2021 at 03:00 PM (#6056042)
The city of Oakland is already offering up a TIF district expected to yield ~400MM in tax dollars over time for debt service on the project. The A's are asking for more than double that in the form of a second, larger tax increment district. The city is publicly considering that, and is also striving to get the county to play along. County participation would seal this deal, as in CA, counties have much greater taxing power than cities.

IMO both the city and county should tell them to pound salt and I say that as a huge A's fan. My feelings aside, though, it is not accurate to say Oakland isn't trying.
   25. Captain Joe Bivens, Pointless and Wonderful Posted: December 03, 2021 at 05:10 PM (#6056070)
Would a team in LV be considered a large market team or a small market team?
   26. Walt Davis Posted: December 03, 2021 at 08:23 PM (#6056086)
I was expecting Anna Benson

PLease, that had Madeleine Albright set-up all over it.
   27. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: December 03, 2021 at 11:30 PM (#6056104)
Did anybody else think of Tampa Bay when they read the headline?

Yeah, the headline was super confusing.

They're buying the Trop and razing it? WTF
   28. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: December 06, 2021 at 05:49 PM (#6056430)
Re 27: The A's new ballpark will be called "Tropicana Field (No, Stupid, The Other One...!)"

EDIT: Actually, there were two Wrigley Fields, right?
   29. The Honorable Ardo Posted: December 07, 2021 at 12:48 AM (#6056472)
Would a team in LV be considered a large market team or a small market team?
Small market. Vegas is only the 40th largest media market in the U.S. Beyond LV itself and Henderson, it's open desert. It's smaller even than Milwaukee at #37, the lowest with an MLB team right now.

I was fascinated, though, to see how many larger media markets lack MLB teams. It's a long list!

#17 Orlando
#20 Sacramento
#21 Portland
#22 Charlotte
#24 Raleigh-Durham
#25 Indianapolis (I believe Indy had a Federal League team back in the day)
#29 Nashville
#30 Salt Lake City
#31 San Antonio

Seven of these nine markets have an NBA team. Infer what you will...

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