A’s using Triple-A Las Vegas ballpark as temporary home a ‘hypothetical’ but could be


ARLINGTON, Texas — Would the A’s really consider using their Triple-A affiliate’s ballpark as a temporary home if they were to leave Oakland for Southern Nevada?

A’s team president Dave Kaval suggested as much to the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Friday, saying the idea is “something we’re exploring” as part of looking at options in the Las Vegas area at the same time as the team pursues a new ballpark in Oakland.

A’s officials have made several “fact-finding” visits to the Las Vegas area while Oakland’s City Council nears a key vote on the team’s non-binding term sheet for a $12 billion project proposal that includes a ballpark at Howard Terminal.

The A’s lease at the Coliseum runs through 2024. Their Triple-A affiliate, the Aviators, plays at Las Vegas Ballpark, a 10,000-seat stadium in nearby Summerlin that opened in 2019.

Kaval told The Chronicle that if the A’s needed a temporary home, he does consider Las Vegas Ballpark “an option,” but for now the scenario is “hypothetical.”

“There’s no real planning that’s gone into that per se,” Kaval said in a phone interview Friday. “But I think in general if it was required, like maybe for a gap year before (a new Las Vegas stadium) was done, I think it’s possible, only because that facility is so state of the art and top notch, and you don’t always have something like that that’s a $150 million facility in its own right.”

The Aviators’ park is modern but was built as a minor-league venue. Kaval acknowledged moving the A’s into what is now a Triple-A ballpark would not be the team’s decision alone.

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