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Design & Development

Oakland A’s select construction team for Vegas ballpark

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The Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball team has selected Mortenson-McCarthy as the construction manager for its proposed new 30,000-capacity ballpark in Las Vegas.

Mortenson-McCarthy will oversee all construction-related activities for the stadium, including preconstruction estimating, scheduling and logistics planning, bidding, coordination and management of all craft employees and trade partners, labour relations, and community engagement.

The joint venture has previous experience of working in the city having built Allegiant Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders which opened in 2020. The contract to build the A’s stadium is subject to approval by the Las Vegas Stadium Authority.

Mortenson is based in Minneapolis and has worked on several major-league venue projects, including Truist Park (Atlanta Braves), Target Field (Minnesota Twins), Chase Center (Golden State Warriors), Climate Pledge Arena (Seattle Kraken) and US Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings).

McCarthy has had a presence in Nevada for more than 40 years and has contributed to a range of projects across the region, including Circa Resort & Casino, Virgin Hotels, and the Palms Casino Resort.

The first renderings of the team’s Las Vegas ballpark, which is estimated to cost $1.5bn (£1.2bn/€1.4bn), were unveiled in May. The team has since clarified that these renderings are conceptual and do not necessarily represent its final vision for the stadium.

The stadium will be located on the nine-acre Tropicana hotel site on the Las Vegas Strip and will feature a retractable roof.

A’s president Dave Kaval said: “Mortenson-McCarthy brings an exceptional level of expertise and experience to our project. Their focus on innovation, safety, and efficiency makes them the best in their field.

“The Raiders project was a model of tremendous success, including a 31-month-long construction schedule, industry-leading workforce diversity that exceeded local, small, and women and minority-owned business goals, and establishing new benchmarks in sports construction for Southern Nevada. We’re thrilled to partner with them on this important phase of the project.”

Logan Gerken, vice-president and general manager at Mortenson, said: “It is a tremendous opportunity for Mortenson-McCarthy to build the new home for A’s baseball in Las Vegas.

“Our goal is to build sports and entertainment facilities that excite the fans, enhance communities, and set a new benchmark in what’s possible. This project will engage local businesses, create employment opportunities, and reflect the diverse nature of the Las Vegas community through its construction and operation.”

The A’s still require approval from MLB to relocate to Las Vegas. In June, Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo signed off on a bill that will provide up to $380m in public funding for the stadium, setting up what will likely be a months-long process for MLB to approve the franchise’s relocation.

Lombardo announced in May that a tentative agreement had been reached with the A’s to relocate the team to Las Vegas. It came after the A’s reached a binding agreement with Bally’s Corporation and Gaming & Leisure Properties Inc. (GLPI) to build a new ballpark on the Tropicana hotel site. Bally’s is providing the A’s with nine acres of the 35-acre site free of charge, with chairman Soo Kim having estimated the plot is worth $180m.

The A’s had previously signed a binding agreement with Red Rock Resorts to build a new ballpark on a 49-acre site at Dean Martin Drive and Tropicana Avenue. The decision to switch focus was said to revolve around the A’s seeking to reduce the project’s dependency on public funding from the Nevada Legislature, from $500m to $395m.

The A’s hope to break ground on the project next year, with a view to opening the stadium in time for the 2027 MLB season.