LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Ballpark, home field for the Las Vegas Aviators of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, formally opened on April 9 against the Sacramento River Cats, drawing big crowds to the first official event held at the new sports facility and signaling a new era for a team formally plagued by one of the worst home stadiums in the sport.
Las Vegas Ballpark – a $150 million project, funded in part by an $80 million naming rights deal with Las Vegas tourism officials – replaces the Aviators’ previous home at Cashman Field, where the team had resided since 1983. The decision to build a new stadium for the team – previously known as the 51s – was due to many issues stemming from Cashman Field, such as poor conditions in the playing surface, bullpens, and clubhouse, as well as inadequate training facilities.
The problems with Cashman Field, however, culminated on August 22, 2015, when the stadium’s sewage system backed up, expelling raw sewage into the dugouts, forcing the teams to set up chairs on the field for the remainder of the game.
Clearly, it was time for the Aviators to move on to higher – and less stinky – ground. The official groundbreaking was held on February 13, 2018 on a plot of land located near the intersection of South Pavilion Center Drive and Summerlin Center Drive, next to City National Arena. By April 2018, excavation was 85 percent complete with nearby grading for parking lots about 90 percent complete. By June 2018, it was on schedule to be open before the 2019 season.
Before christening the stadium with their opening game on April 9, the Aviators had a soft opening on April 6 hosting a NIAA Sunset 4A Region high school baseball game between Palo Verde High School and Centennial. Considered by many to currently be the pinnacle of minor league baseball stadiums, the $150 million Las Vegas Ballpark, located in Summerlin, Nevada in the Las Vegas Valley, features a number of luxury-style amenities that rival nearly any found in the major leagues.
Las Vegas Ballpark includes 22 suites, a center field pool and several bars. The ballpark has breathable mesh seats, with 8,000 installed, with a total capacity of 10,000. Las Vegas Ballpark also has the largest video board in minor league baseball at 3,930 square feet; the Daktronics video board is 31 feet high by 126 feet wide and features a 13 HD pixel layout. The stadium also has indoor batting cages, a weight room and a rehabilitation center.
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