Architect helps A imagine what a stadium in Las Vegas could offer

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Oakland Athletics president Dave Kaval has said on several occasions that the availability of pitches in southern Nevada is one of the region’s main assets in attracting the team here.

That point was re-emphasized this week as Kaval, team owner John Fisher and architect Brad Schrock were part of the team’s fourth trip to the Las Vegas Valley. The visit ended Thursday and the team officials leave with excitement with the possibilities still at stake.

“I spent a lot of time touring the venues and understanding the layout of the stadium… and the different ways we could orient the stadium,” Kaval told the Review-Journal Thursday afternoon. “This is really important information as we continue to progress on the site’s location.”

Kaval and his team visited sites primarily around the resort corridor and Summerlin on this trip, getting a new feel for sites with Schrock for the first time.

Land owned by Howard Hughes Corp. and located near downtown Summerlin made its mark in Kaval as Schrock’s vision brought the neighborhood to life.

“The Summerlin site with a view across the valley is just amazing in terms of the view,” Kaval said. “Quite astonishing.”

Kaval said Summerlin’s land is also attractive because there is a lot of acreage to work on. He said that a type of mixed-use project similar to the one the A’s are proposing to build in Oakland would be attractive in Las Vegas if a stadium wasn’t built in the Resort Corridor.

Resort Corridor Sites

The sites in and around the Resort Corridor remain of interest to the team, including the high-profile Las Vegas Festival Grounds site on Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue.

“Especially the ones in the north where you can turn the stadium and look down and see the whole Strip, it’s pretty compelling,” Kaval said. “We like the idea of ​​some of the venues where people will get out of their cars or walk from a complex and they will go up and see in the stadium. When you can see in the stadium, it’s pretty incredible. It almost attracts you.

“Creating that kind of environment and experience is something that we seek to create. “

Other sites, including a few west of Interstate 15 near Allegiant Stadium, downtown and a piece of UNLV-owned land on Tropicana Avenue near McCarran International Airport, also match this. that the team has in mind.

“I think there are a lot of ways to create positive opinions, which I think become iconic,” Kaval said. “Then the building itself is also part of the skyline. We were happy to make such positive progress with Brad (Schrock) over the past two days. “

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority CEO Steve Hill said the travel agency met the A’s leaders a few times during their visits, primarily providing information about the area or helping to introduce officials to the team to regional leaders when needed.

Hill said there are many areas in the Las Vegas Valley in which a stadium could function, which the LVCVA has helped relay to the A’s.

“We have a bunch of locations that would be great,” Hill said. “I know they are looking at several. “

Collapse the list

A feasibility study commissioned by A’s Legends Hospitality will help narrow the list of possible sites. The team is also enlisting a local expert – Chris Kaempfer, a local land use lawyer – to help break down the plots and their possible uses.

“He has a lot of experience in this area and has been here for a long time,” Kaval said. “It helps us think about things like the airport… and makes sure we make decisions that make sense. It is important to have this local expertise.

With the As’s keeping a close eye on the Summerlin area since their first visit, poll and research results will be key to whether it remains a favorite or is dropped from the list.

“The question is whether you can really attract tourists from resort hotels or not and how important that is,” Kaval said. “(This is something) I don’t have an answer for. But if it’s something that’s mostly local then this is a great location.

The team made the trip to southern Nevada just a day after Oakland City Council voted on a $ 12 billion mixed-use project that would include a $ 1 billion stadium at the Howard Terminal. from Oakland Harbor.

But instead of voting on the A’s proposal, the board approved a modified version of its own counter-proposal, which the A’s disagree with.

The A’s are still reviewing the amended offer, but it remains to be seen if a compromise can be found, Kaval said.

At this point, the A’s will continue their efforts in southern Nevada with the intention of returning to the region in two weeks.

“We have a series of additional meetings with stakeholders and resort operators that we will continue to move forward with because there have been a lot of great conversations and there are a lot of people who are excited about the possibility of a Major League Baseball team here, ”Kaval said. “We want to keep moving this process forward. “

Contact Mick Akers at [email protected] or 702-387-2920. To pursue @mickakers on Twitter.



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