Not a good time to be an Oakland sports fan
Las Vegas will get another professional sports team next year as MLB's A plans to relocate from Oakland to the gambling capital of the world after the upcoming season. You'd think Las Vegas officials would be thrilled about this, but that's not necessarily the case. On Tuesday, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said the A's should “find a way to stay in Oakland.”
Now, it's not that Goodman is against the A's moving to her city, she just seems to have reservations about the current situation. Talk about the Front Office Sports Today Podcast In an episode released Tuesday, she said, “I personally think (the A's) need to find a way to stay in Oakland to make their dream come true.”
“(The A's) really want to stay in Oakland. They want to be on the water,” Goodman said, referring to a $12 billion plan for a baseball stadium on 55 acres at Howard Terminal. “You have this great dream and you still can’t achieve it.
“I just think there’s an appetite (in Oakland). I meet people from Oakland all the time. They want to keep the team and there is only the government up there. It costs money. … I love the people of Oakland. I think they deserve to have their team.”
Now the statement “it's just up to the government” isn't entirely accurate considering Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao worked hard to get a deal done with A's owner John Fisher, and only about was $36 million away from securing all the funding needed. But you can read all about it here The in-depth article from ESPN from September.
Regardless of who Goodman has “to blame” for the A's situation, she seems to have compassion for the city of Oakland and the A's fans, and perhaps considering what it would be like if, for example, the NHL's Golden Knights moved out of Las Vegas . Additionally, Oakland has had a tough time of late, with both the NBA's Warriors and NFL's Raiders departing since 2019 (at least the Warriors just moved across the bay to San Francisco – the Raiders are in Las Vegas).
Goodman later made it clear on social media that she was “excited about the prospect of Major League Baseball” in Las Vegas, although she would like to see the A's work something out with Oakland.
Questions about the stadium plan
Goodman is also concerned about the current $1.5 billion stadium plan at the Tropicana site.
“There are a lot of questions about whether this will fit,” she told Front Office Sports Today, adding that the plan “doesn’t make sense.”
The stadium is planned on nine acres of the site currently occupied by the Tropicana and will be funded in part by a $380 million public financing package. The A's franchise will foot the rest of the bill. A larger entertainment district is planned for the future. Bally's recently announced that the Tropicana will close on April 2 so demolition can begin to make way for the new stadium.
The stadium will not be completed until 2028. Meanwhile, the A's still need to find a place to play for three seasons after leaving Oakland.