Antelope Valley Press

Manfred expects A’s to play in new Las Vegas stadium starting in 2028


TAMPA, Fla. — Baseball Commission­er Rob Manfred is confident the Oakland Athletics will be playing in Las Vegas starting in 2028.

“The reality of the situation is that whenever you’re leaving a market where you’ve been for decades and you’re going to make a move to a different city where there’s not a stadium, that’s a really difficult undertakin­g, and it’s not going to be seamless, smooth,” Manfred said Thursday. “There’s going to be bumps along the road.”

The team reached an agreement with Bally’s and Gaming & Leisure Properties to build a stadium on the Tropicana hotel site along the Las Vegas Strip, and the Nevada Legislatur­e approved $380 million in public financing last June for a $1.5 billion stadium that the team wants completed for the 2028 season. MLB owners unanimousl­y approved the move in November.

No ballpark renderings have been released, and there has been speculatio­n a 9-acre site might not be sufficient.

“I am confident that the deal in Las Vegas is solid and that the A’s will build a stadium in Las Vegas and play there in 2028,” Manfred said. “We believe the parcel is adequate for a major league ballpark. I think the delay in the renderings is due to the discussion­s between Bally’s and the A’s as to how the ballpark and what else is going to happen there is going to be most efficientl­y designed to make it the best possible experience for fans.”

The team’s lease at the Oakland Coliseum extends through the 2024 season. It’s unclear whether the A’s will play 2025 home games in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco or a minor league stadium in Las Vegas. The A’s met with the City of Oakland on Thursday about extending the club’s lease beyond this season.

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