A major league baseball franchise appears to want to turn a Las Vegas Strip casino into a baseball stadium.
According to a report from a local NBC affiliate, the Oakland Athletics made an offer on the Tropicana Las Vegas with hopes of turning the casino into its new home field.
There have been rumors for years about the possibility of a Major League Baseball team relocating to Las Vegas, especially after the NHL was successful in building a fan base around an expansion team in the city with the Vegas Golden Knights entering the league in 2017. The NFL’s Oakland Raiders relocated to Sin City three years later.
When the gossip started circulating about a team moving to Las Vegas in 2018, the initial reports were that the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, the now-former home of the World Series of Poker, was the likely landing spot for a field. That idea was officially put to rest when Caesars sold the property to Dreamscape in 2019.
The Tropicana Las Vegas sits on a 35-acre plot of land at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue. The property was purchased by Bally’s last April for $150 million. Neither Bally’s nor the Athletics were willing to comment on the report to a media outlet.
Last year, Major League Baseball gave Oakland the go-ahead to search for potential landing spots to relocate to as the team was playing in one of the oldest ballparks in the league with one of the worst attendance records. In 2021, the team averaged just 8,767 fans at every home game, which ranked 29th out of 30 franchises. The 55-year-old Oakland Coliseum’s maximum capacity is 63,132.
It was also reported that the team inquired about Caesars-owned land and the Wynn Golf Course, but neither is a candidate for the facility anymore. In 2017, Wynn was planning to turn the course into a water park, but the company ditched the idea a year later.
Gov. Steve Sisolak confirmed that he was in talks with the team shortly after the 2021 season ended, but said that he was unaware of the possibility of the team bidding on the Tropicana.
“I have talked to the folks from the Oakland A’s a couple of weeks back,” Sisolak told local media. “That wasn’t one of the sites they mentioned to me.”