The Oakland A’s could leave California for Las Vegas as early as 2027. This news follows the announcement by the team president of a recent land deal in Las Vegas. The A’s have been actively working with the city for roughly two decades to move from their existing coliseum, though they have been publicly courting Las Vegas starting in 2021. The move would leave Oakland with no remaining major league sports teams.
The City of Oakland has been actively negotiating with the MLB team to develop a new baseball stadium and mixed-use district at Howard Terminal for the Oakland Athletics. This decision means that Alameda County will lose its three major league sports teams in a span of eight years. The Golden State Warriors moved to San Francisco in 2019, and the Raiders moved to Las Vegas in early 2020.
Oakland President Dave Kaval confirmed a purchase agreement had been reached with Red Rock Resorts for a 49-acre property. Plans for the $1.5 billion stadium will create a 30,000-seat venue with a partially retractable roof.
“I am deeply disappointed that the A’s have chosen not to negotiate with the City of Oakland as a true partner, in a way that respects the long relationship between the fans, the City and the team,” said Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao. Thao stated, “we are ceasing negotiations and moving forward on alternatives for the redevelopment of Howard Terminal.”
Construction in Las Vegas is expected to start as early as 2024 to have the first Athletics Season in the Nevada city by 2027. In the meantime, the team is expected to continue to play at the Coliseum in Oakland.