Las Vegas 51s Will Have A New Name And A New Stadium In 2019

Las Vegas 51s Will Have A New Name And A New Stadium In 2019

Baseball in the Las Vegas valley just got better! The Las Vegas Triple-A minor league baseball team will have a brand new stadium in 2019. The team will also be changing its name from the 51s and have a new major league affiliation in 2019. Announcements of these changes will be coming soon and the team has held contest to select a new team name. This is great news for baseball fans! For the past 35 years the Las Vegas triple A team has drawn over 300,000 fans, attesting to the popularity of professional baseball in Las Vegas.

Located just behind Downtown Summerlin, the brand new state of the art 10,000-seat stadium, currently under construction, will be known as Las Vegas Ballpark.

Image titleMapThe new stadium and superior training facilities will also position Las Vegas well when Major League Baseball considers expanding or moving a franchise.

In the meantime, local resorts would continue to benefit every March when the LVCVA sponsors Big League Weekend, spring training exhibition games involving major-league teams. The LVCVA will also attempt to expand play to a second Big League weekend.

The cost to build the stadium is expected to be around $90 million. The cost of the land, which the Howard Hughes Corp. owns and will provide, is around $30 million. In total, the project will likely cost around $150 million, including soft costs.Image title

To give some comparison and to understand the scale of the investment being made in Las Vegas baseball, here is a list of the costs of the largest minor league baseball parks built since 2012:

Triple A

2014 Southwest University Park (El Paso Chihuahuas), 8,018 seats, $72 million.

2014: BB&T Ballpark (Charlotte Knights),10,200 seats, $54 million.

2015: First Tennessee Park, (Nashville Sounds), 10,000 seats, $91 million.

Double A

2012: Admiral Mason Field (Pensacola Blue Wahoos) 5,038 seats, $23.8 million.

2013: Regions Field (Birmingham Barons), 8,500 seats, $64 million.

2015: MGM Park (Biloxi Shuckers), 6,076 seats, $36 million.

2017: Dunkin’ Donuts Park (Hartford Yard Goats), 6,121 seats, $56 million

Independent

2014: CHS Field (St. Paul Saints), 7,200 seats, $72 million.

Does not include spring training stadiums used as homes to Rookie League and Class A teams.

According to the Howard Hughes Corp., which owns the Las Vegas AAA baseball franchise, the new stadium would feature “22 suites, club seats, berm seating, party zones and decks, picnic tables, kids’ zones, bars and even a pool beyond the outfield wall.” It will be the newest facility in the Pacific Coast League.Image title

Team President Don Logan has stressed that the new park will feature additional player development amenities — upgraded batting cages, improved strength and conditioning facilities, and other key features — that Cashman Field does not have.

The Las Vegas baseball team has been trying to get this project done for many years, as Cashman Field no longer meets the requirements for a modern AAA baseball team. The end is now in sight and baseball will have a fresh start in the Las Vegas valley next spring and fans will enjoy a much better baseball experience in the new facility. With the new stadium, the popularity of baseball in the community will continue to grow and, along with hockey and football fans, baseball fans in the Las Vegas valley can look forward to a bright future!


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