Plans have been unveiled for a new 10,000-seat baseball stadium in the US city of Las Vegas.
The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC), which owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the US, hopes to build the venue on an eight-acre plot of land south of City National Arena, the practice facility for newly-formed NHL ice hockey team the Vegas Golden Knights.
The new stadium, which will be called the Las Vegas Ballpark, will serve as the home of the Las Vegas 51s, which compete in the Pacific Coast League. The 51s are owned by the HHC, and are also a Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball team the New York Mets.
The stadium, which is being designed by global architecture firm HOK, will also host civic, community and non-profit events, as well as other sporting fixtures. The venue will be located in Downtown Summerlin, a new retail and entertainment complex.
51s president and chief operating officer, Don Logan, said: “The 51s baseball team has been a staple in the Las Vegas community for over three decades.
“With a new home in Downtown Summerlin, the future of professional baseball in Southern Nevada looks exceptionally bright. We are confident this location, which is easily accessed from all regions of the valley via the 215 Beltway, will help grow our fan base and introduce new generations to America’s favourite past time. We can’t wait to put down roots in Downtown Summerlin, a destination that already has a reputation for best in fun, family-oriented entertainment.”
The announcement, made yesterday (Tuesday), followed a vote by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Board of Directors to approve a marketing partnership that grants LVCVA naming rights to the stadium.
Las Vegas Ballpark will feature a wide range of seating options, including 22 suites, club seats, berm seating, party zones and decks, picnic tables, kids’ zones, bars and a swimming pool.
“Together, we have worked tirelessly to bring this much-needed initiative to fruition for the benefit and enjoyment of the entire Southern Nevada community,” David Weinreb, chief executive of the HHC, said. “The ballpark will further distinguish Downtown Summerlin as a vibrant destination and give valley residents a first-class amenity and the opportunity to enjoy professional baseball in an inviting and family-friendly environment.”
Kevin Orrock, president of Summerlin for the HHC, added: “Home of City National Arena and the Vegas Golden Knights, Downtown Summerlin is adding yet another feather to its cap with the addition of the Las Vegas Ballpark and the Las Vegas 51s.
“Already considered a top dining, retail and entertainment hub, Downtown Summerlin is on its way to becoming an unmatched sports destination. We could not be more excited to add baseball to our line-up.”