So the Oakland Athletics have signed a binding agreement to buy land to build a ballpark in Las Vegas. But before we go any further, we give you seven things you should know about the Athletics if indeed they move here.
Now keep in mind the agreement they signed just says, “yes”, we agree to buy some land in Las Vegas that we might build a ballpark on it. And maybe, if we build the ballpark, we might move and play there!
It’s all apart of a long process on moving a professional sports franchise from one market to another. The land they are talking about is located at W. Tropicana and Dean Martin Drive. A little less than 50 acres of land that would be the site for this 35,000 seat ballpark.
If you think about what used to be there, you remember the Wild, Wild West Gambling Hall & Casino? Well, that was one of the establishments included on the site. Across the street, a row of fast food places that includes McDonald’s, Jack In The Box and more. Cha-ching for them right?
Well who knew this corner lot would be worth a little over $1 billion someday? Station Casinos did, that’s who thought it would be worth $1 billion! Maybe that’s why they bought the Wild, Wild West Gambling Hall & Casino
The Wild, Wild West Grambling Hall & Casino opened in 1974 on that corner and closed last September. Formerly known as the King 8 Hotel & Casino, Station Casinos refurbished the place in 1998 only to tear it down 24 years later.
So this land deal is pending, however, it does increase the chances of the Oakland Athletics moving to Las Vegas. So with that in mind, here’s a bit of history about the franchise. Find out 7 things we think you should know by scrolling down…and enjoy!