The Athletics appear to be closer to securing a site for a potential new ballpark in Southern Nevada. The organization has placed an offer on a plot of land "in the Las Vegas Valley," A's team president Dave Kaval told The Las Vegas Review-Journal on Friday.
“We’re kind of moving from a phase of research/data gathering to action around a final site,” Kaval told the Review-Journal Friday afternoon. “That’s really important because the site selection is a really critical path to keep the process moving forward to where we could have a holistically blessed project.”
Kaval did not specify where the exact site is, but this is a significant step in the franchise's process of potentially relocating to Southern Nevada.
The A's have come to non-binding agreements with the City of Oakland and County of Alameda on infrastructure financing for the long-awaited Howard Terminal Ballpark proposal in the past four months.
Kaval told the Review-Journal that the A's brass would return to Southern Nevada in December and "would be back every two to three weeks thereafter."
The A's did send out a survey to Las Vegas baseball fans several weeks ago about their thoughts on the organization potentially moving there.
“How it works, how it’s financed, any public-private partnerships, all the aspects and why we think it works in the marketplace,” Kaval told the Review-Journal. “We’re building toward that with all these steps.”
We still are far from any final decisions on the A's future in Oakland, but this certainly is a step in the other direction for the organization.