LAS VEGAS, NV – The second-oldest hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, the Tropicana, will be closed and imploded in 2024 following its partial closure in November to make way for the construction of a new home stadium for the transplanted Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball (MLB) team, signifying the loss of a major piece of Southern Nevada history in the process as the city moves on to a new year.
The Athletics’ ownership has reached a deal with the Tropicana’s operator, Bally’s Corp., and the owner of the resort casino’s underlying land, Vici Properties. In addition, the industry-leading construction firms responsible for building Allegiant Stadium – the Mortenson | McCarthy Joint Venture – have been contracted to build the MLB team’s proposed new $1.5 billion ballpark on the Las Vegas Strip.
The A’s previously announced that the firms will be responsible for handling all construction-related duties on the upcoming stadium, including estimates prior to the start of construction, scheduling and logistics planning, bidding, coordinating and managing labor, and engaging with the community.
The A’s home stadium – a project expected to cost a total of $1.5 billion – is slated to take the form of a 33,000-seat retractable roof stadium. $380 million in public funds have been earmarked for the A’s new stadium, and the project in its current form could potentially also receive up to $180 million in transferable tax credits as well.
One of the big goals is going to be flexibility for a unique seating capacity, anywhere between 30,000 to 33,000 seats,” A’s Design Director Brad Schrock said. “That really puts us in a sweet spot for a lot of other events aside from just baseball. So, we want to make sure the way that the seating bowl is designed has the flexibility to accommodate multiple events and that it’s a really fun place for fans to come and watch a game.”
The A’s are expected to play their first season in Las Vegas in 2028.
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