Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman clarified her comments on the A’s possible relocation from Oakland, saying she “will welcome” the team to Las Vegas if they don’t stay in California.
Goodman released a statement Tuesday afternoon after her interview on the podcast “Front Office Sports Today” was released earlier that morning.
“I want to be clear that I am excited about the prospect of Major League Baseball in Las Vegas, and it very well may be that the Las Vegas A’s will become a reality that we will welcome to our city.”
Statement on today’s conversation about the Oakland A’s. pic.twitter.com/3dOXfFuq3d
— Carolyn G. Goodman (@mayoroflasvegas) February 6, 2024
During the podcast, Goodman touched on several topics, including the Super Bowl being held in Las Vegas, F1’s Las Vegas Grand Prix and the possibility of the A’s changing cities. When asked about the team’s situation, she said she thinks the A’s should stay in Oakland.
“You have the fan base there,” Goodman said. “We already have the Raiders. Each city needs to have that spirit of sports. … I love the people from Oakland. I think they deserve to have their team.”
While discussing the A’s plans to build on the Tropicana resort site, she said it “doesn’t make sense.” Goodman explained that the city offered the A’s a site at a historic part of the city with seven access points from highways, but the team rejected it and opted for the Tropicana site.
“I thought, this does not make sense, and so why is it happening?” Goodman said. “And then I thought, well, because they really want to stay in Oakland, they want to be on the water, they have that magnificent dream. And yet they can’t get it done.”
Goodman also said multiple times on the podcast that she’s worried about a new ballpark adding more congestion on The Strip.
In May, the A’s agreed to a deal with Bally’s Corp. to build a $1.5 billion stadium on part of the Tropicana Las Vegas resort site on The Strip. The plan includes demolishing the Tropicana and building a stadium with a retractable roof on nine acres of the 30-plus-acre site.
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MLB owners unanimously approved the A’s relocation to Las Vegas in a vote in November. The franchise is in the final year of its lease agreement at the Coliseum, which has been its home since 1968. The team has yet to announce where they will play in 2025. A new stadium in Las Vegas isn’t expected to be ready until the 2028 season, at the earliest.
The podcast’s host, Owen Poindexter, wrapped up their A’s discussion by asking Goodman if she thought it would be a good thing for the team to move to the Tropicana site. She reiterated her stance, saying, “I personally think they have got to figure out a way to stay in Oakland and make their dream come true.”
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