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Oakland A’s Relocation To Las Vegas Timeline Coming Into Focus

Written By Marc Meltzer | Updated:
Members Of the Oakland Athletics Stand On The Field with Las Vegas and A's logo

We last heard about the Oakland A’s potential move to Las Vegas when the team submitted a relocation application to Major League Baseball (MLB). At the time, there was no timeline for when the application would be reviewed.

According to a source, the Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting that there will be a vote during the owner’s meeting in the middle of November. If the move is approved, the A’s can move forward with their plans to build a stadium and move to Las Vegas.

The current projection is that the new baseball stadium for the A’s in Las Vegas will be open in time for the 2028 season.

Oakland A’s relocation application under MLB review

The A’s relocation application has been under review by a three-person committee:

  1. Mark Attanasio (Milwaukee Brewers)
  2. John Middleton (Philadelphia Phillies)
  3. John Sherman (Kansas City Royals)

The trio of owners will make a recommendation to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and the eight-person executive council. This group will review the recommendations and comments from the smaller group.

This eight-person group will then make a recommendation to all 30 MLB owners on whether or not to support the relocation application before the mid-November vote. To move, the A’s will need 75% of the voters to approve the application.

Current timeline for A’s move to Las Vegas

It’s widely believed that relocation will be approved if the application makes its way to all 30 teams voting. If the outcome of the vote is in the favor of the A’s the team can finally start planning their relocation to Las Vegas.

The A’s current lease with Oakland runs through the 2024 season. There’s a small problem with the timing of the lease expiring.

Construction on a Vegas Strip baseball stadium where the Tropicana currently operates is tentatively slated to begin in 2025. The new baseball stadium for the A’s in Las Vegas won’t be ready until the 2028 MLB season.

At this time the A’s haven’t shared a plan for where they will play from 2025-27.

The MLB team will have to find a stadium to play for three seasons before moving into their new stadium currently slated for the land where the Tropicana currently operates. There are a few options for the A’s to play while the stadium is under construction.

The team could sign a short-term extension to remain in Oakland until it moves to Las Vegas. The team could also consider staying in the Bay area and sharing Oracle Park with the San Francisco Giants.

There are a few minor league stadiums that could house the team for a few years. If the team chooses this option the stadium will have to be renovated to meet MLB standards. The field will also have to be sturdy enough to handle extra games.

The Las Vegas Aviators are a minor league affiliate of the A’s and might be an obvious choice for the team to play while the stadium is under construction. There could be other minor league stadiums that could house an MLB team but it looks as if Las Vegas is the leading contender.

Strong construction team behind A’s MLB stadium in Las Vegas

The A’s are amassing a strong team to build a Las Vegas baseball stadium. Earlier this year, Mortenson and McCarthy were brought on board to build the new stadium in Las Vegas.

The joint venture worked together to build Allegiant Stadium, where the Las Vegas Raiders play. They also worked together on building Target Field in Minnesota on just eight and a half acres of land. This should be helpful as the A’s have to build a retractable roof stadium on just nine acres of land.

More recently, the team has since hired CAA ICON. This organization is a division of CAA Sports and will oversee the project to keep the current timeline intact.

CAA ICON is no stranger to Las Vegas. The company worked on Allegiant Stadium, T-Mobile Arena, and, most recently, the Las Vegas Aces headquarters.

Photo by Patrick Semansky / AP Photo; illustrated by PlayUSA
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Marc grew up on the mean streets of the South Bronx. He's the rare combination of Yankees and Jets fan which explains his often contrarian point of view. Marc is a freelance writer and social media consultant. Writing about steak, booze, gambling and Las Vegas is a tough job but somebody has to do it.

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