The American Professional Baseball (MLB) Oakland Athletics have embarked on a full-scale action to make Las Vegas, Nevada, the United States, the city of gambling, their new home.
American media such as the Associated Press and ESPN reported on the 20th (Korean time) that the Oakland club signed a land purchase contract for the construction of a new ballpark with a retractable roof in Las Vegas.
The Oakland Club announced last week that it had completed a deal to purchase 49 acres of land near the Las Vegas Strip, where hotels and casinos are concentrated, as it was unable to build a new stadium in its current Bay Area, California. .
The Auckland club said they hope to start construction on the new stadium, which will accommodate between 30,000 and 35,000 spectators, next year and start using it in 2027.
In this way, the name of the team, which has been used since 1968, when it was founded in 1901 under the name of Philadelphia Athletics and moved to Oakland via Kansas City Athletics, would naturally change.
The Oakland club has been looking for a new ballpark for years to replace the Oakland Coliseum, which has been their home stadium for over 55 years. The Auckland Coliseum lease agreement expires in 2024.
It is such an outdated facility that the away team visiting the Auckland Coliseum is so outraged. 메이저놀이터
However, the city of Auckland has opposed the construction of the new stadium, citing financial difficulties.
The MLB Secretariat approved the Oakland club to relocate its home in 2021, and Oakland decided to design a new future with Las Vegas, which has a well-developed infrastructure, as the club’s fourth home city.
Auckland City responded to the sudden announcement by saying it was “disappointing that Auckland Club did not see the City as a true negotiating partner”.
The City of Oakland has been trying to keep the Athletics club in Oakland, but complaints have been made that the Oakland club has only shown interest in moving to Las Vegas.
However, considering that the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA) moved to nearby San Francisco in 2019 and the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL) left for Las Vegas in 2020, the explanation of the city of Oakland is not convincing.