Las Vegas Ballpark

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  • Name: Las Vegas Ballpark
  • GPS-able Address: 1650 S. Pavilion Center Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89135
  • Ballpark Owner: Summerlin Las Vegas Baseball Club LLC (also owns Las Vegas Aviators)
  • Architects: HOK (not to be confused with Populous, which spun off from HOK)
  • Groundbreaking: 2/23/2018
  • Minor League Baseball Teams: Las Vegas Aviators (AAA) 2019-present
  • Class/League History: AAA/Pacific Coast League 2022-present; AAA/Triple-A West 2021; AAA/Pacific Coast League 2019-2020
  • First Professional Baseball Game: 4/6/2019; stadium debut of Class AAA Aviators
  • Others Playing or Operating Here: None
  • Previous Ballpark Names: None
  • LF: 340 CF: 400 RF: 340
  • Seats: 8,155
  • Stated Capacity: 8,196
  • House Baseball/Softball Record Attendance (as currently configured): 12,111, 5/14/2019

Las Vegas Ballpark in Las Vegas, NV, is the home of the Las Vegas Aviators, the Oakland Athletics' Triple-A Pacific Coast League farm team. Opened in 2019, it also hosted some practices and skills competitions during NFL Pro Bowl Week in 2022.

As the A's look more and more like a team about to move and with Vegas their first out-of-town choice, the Aviators and their playpen do not appear to be under the threat such a situation usually creates. As this has played out in the media, both parent and farm club seem to like the idea of being in the same metro - and early November 2022 saw the additional wrinkle that the A's might come to play in LVB either way at least for a while - just to get out of their current dilapidated stadium, no matter whether they are awaiting construction of a new ballpark in the Oakland area or in Vegas.

LVB was slated to host the 2020 Triple-A Baseball National Championship, but the Coronavirus pandemic killed that along with the entire minor league season. There was no championship as such in 2021, but May 2022 saw the announcement of a new format with its debut at LVB. The "Triple-A Triple Championship Weekend" was played the weekend of September 30th, with three one-game showdowns: the Reno Aces defeating the El Paso Chihuahuas Friday for the PCL crown, the Durham Bulls taking the Nashville Sounds Saturday for the International League title, and the Bulls winning the the Triple-A championship Sunday. The three contests averaged 6,106 in attendance.

The annual spring training Big League Weekend, which was lost in the 2018-2019 stadium transition, returned in 2020 as a four-team, two-weekend event that barely beat the pandemic - which went on to kill the 2021 event. The Aviators originally announced a two-team BLW in late 2021, later expanded it to four, then lost all to the 2021-2022 lockout. Rolling cancellations of the spring schedule killed the first weekend; when the March 10th settlement set spring training's start on the 18th but revamping the shortened schedule into the same pod-based concept used in 2021. Will 2023's BLW finally come off unimpeded? The Aviators announced one BLW with the A's and Cincinnati Reds playing March 4th and 5th, later adding another between the Kansas City Royals and the Colorado Rockies March 18th and 19th.

The Howard Hughes Corporation built the stadium for its ball club, spending $150 million after selling naming rights to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for $80 million. Some seats are mesh-backed against the desert heat, while netting far above the left-field wall protects the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights' neighboring practice rink from home runs.

HOK designed the stadium in its first foray into baseball after the expiration of its non-compete agreement with its spinoff Populous.

After only three years - and, thanks to the pandemic, only two played seasons - LVB's turf was replaced in February 2022. The original fescue grass was replaced with Bermuda, which uses significantly less water.

The ballpark replaced Cashman Field, which was the home of previous versions of the Las Vegas PCL franchise, the Las Vegas Stars and the Las Vegas 51s - and even hosted some big-league games as a temporary home for the A's.

A mural behind the third-base side luxury suites depicts the entire Vegas run of the franchise.

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