After the National Hockey League (NHL) and the NFL, the city of Las Vegas will officially welcome a major league baseball team in 2028, as the Oakland Athletics set up shop.
The move, the first since the Montreal Expos became the Washington Nationals before the 2005 campaign, was unanimously approved by major league owners, USA Today reported Thursday.
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Owner John Fisher will have to get creative over the next few years, as his team’s lease at the old Oakland Coliseum expires in 2024. The A’s will then need to find a temporary home before moving to their 1,000-year-old ballpark. 5 billion dollars on the famous Las Vegas Strip.
However, according to the American media, the Athletics plan to play their home games in rotation at a number of stadiums. They were able to play in Summerlin, Nevada, the San Francisco Giants’ Oracle Park, and even the Oakland Coliseum.
Relations between the A’s and the California city have become very strained lately. Spectators have been leaving the stadium for years because the product on the field no longer justified the increase in ticket prices. Several fans attempted a “reverse boycott” in a desperate attempt to convince the major league baseball team to stay in Oakland and demand Fisher’s departure.
Since their relocation in 1968, the Athletics have won four World Series titles, most recently in 1989. They finished in the basement of the majors last season with a 50-112 record.
The Golden Knights and Raiders came to Vegas in 2017 and 2020, respectively. The City of Vice also has a WNBA franchise, the Aces.
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