LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said in a tweet Thursday afternoon that her discussions with Oakland Athletics officials went “great” and that the discussions would continue.
Athletics President Dave Kaval has met with numerous officials in Las Vegas this week. Knights owner Bill Foley, Clark County Commissioners and Las Vegas Aviators CEO Don Logan among them.
The A’s are unhappy with their ballpark in Oakland and have been given permission by MLB to look for an new ballpark. The Oakland City Council is scheduled to vote on a waterfront ballpark proposal July 20.
The Athletics are set to visit at least 5 other cities, including Portland, Oregon. Portland architect Barry Smith told the Gresham Outlook that a move to Las Vegas wouldn’t be in the best interest of the A’s, as the city would distract the organization and players from achieving the ultimate goal — winning trophies.
“You put baseball players in Las Vegas for 81 home games and they won’t be focused,” Smith said. “The star players will vanish in the city with all the entertainment available.”