According to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, it is a safe bet that the Oakland Athletic baseball team will leave the city for Las Vegas.
Manfred said in an interview Friday with Sirius XM that he is no longer optimistic that A’s will stay in Auckland.
“It doesn’t look like it’s going to happen,” Manfred said.
Athletics’ lease at the 56-year-old Oakland Coliseum expires after the 2024 season.
According to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, it’s a safe bet for the Oakland Athletic baseball team to leave the city for Las Vegas.
Negotiations between A’s and Oakland officials over the new Howard Terminal stadium project are expected to continue next year, which team boss Dave Kaval said would “eliminate our efforts” to remain in the Bay Area.
Team A had hoped to build a 35,000-seat stadium as part of a housing and retail development.
Team A was also ranked last in attendance this past season, averaging just 9,849 people per game.
This was the lowest score in baseball since the 2004 Montreal Expos, which moved to Washington, DC
Team A was ranked last in attendance this past season, averaging just 9,849 people per game
Earlier this month, Billy Bean, the club’s longtime executive vice president of baseball operations, thought things were going well.
‘Listen, at some point we’ll have a new stadium, and that makes me feel good. “I hope it’s during my tenure, Ben said, giggling. But we will, and I think the organization and the city deserve it. it will happen.
Auckland owner John Fisher and team boss Dave Caval are working on a soccer field project on Auckland’s waterfront near Jack London Square in the city.
The team’s plan in Auckland calls for a privately funded $1 billion soccer field with a capacity of 35,000, 3,000 housing units, office and retail space, hotel rooms and an indoor performance center.
Oakland Athletics #5 Tony Kemp celebrates with the team after hitting one RBI in the 10th inning against the Los Angeles Angels at the RingCentral Coliseum on October 3, 2022 in Oakland, California
In 2019 commissioners tentatively agreed to give the team four years to complete an environmental impact report for the 50-acre site.
Until then, the A’s still have a long way to go before they can get their playground, including negotiating a lease or sale of the land and getting city and state council approval.
The current Oakland Coliseum is more than 50 years old, and the MLB has said that rebuilding on the current site is not a viable option.
“I know the effort is being made to make that happen here, I’ve seen it myself,” Bean said.
In May 2021, Major League Baseball instructed the Oakland elite to explore transfer options if a football stadium deal could not be reached and team boss Dave Caval said the club was working on plans along ‘parallel tracks’ in Oakland and Las Vegas.
The couple, a man in a black shirt and a woman in pink shorts, are pictured in surveillance footage as they make their way toward the stadium over the weekend.
Oakland lost the NBA’s Golden State Warriors to neighboring San Francisco last year, while the NFL Raiders left for Las Vegas ahead of the 2020 season.
The athletics team has explored moving to Las Vegas since May 2021.
Last month, Team A received some unwanted attention after police released a photo of a racy couple who allegedly had a sexual act on top of the stands during an athletics game in the Seattle Mariners.
The couple – a man in a black shirt and a woman in pink pants – were photographed in surveillance footage as they drove toward the RingCentral Coliseum in September. stadium.
However, he caught the attention of his fellow spectators, who decided to record the alleged indecent act during a match A against the Mariners.
The viral video surfaced during Oakland’s 5-3 win over Seattle, showing an individual sitting in the upper left stands, apparently having sex with someone else. The couple was isolated in the stands on a day when the couple barely sold 9,000 tickets
The humor of the situation wasn’t lost on steadfast A fans. One of the three recorded themselves on Monday in the same section the couple was sitting in the day before, only that instead of engaging in a sexual act, these onlookers were making humorous cues.
The viral video surfaced during Oakland’s 5-3 win over Seattle, showing an individual sitting in the upper left stands, apparently having sex with someone else.
The pair were isolated in the stands on a day when the pair barely sold 9,000 tickets.
While the pair have certainly been in public, athletics have been more intimate in recent seasons as attendance has dwindled.
Currently, Oakland ranks last among the dead in the majors with fewer than 10,000 spectators per game.
The dearth of fans and the club’s struggles to secure a new stadium in the Bay Area have fueled rumors that athletics could follow the NFL Raiders in moving from Oakland to Las Vegas.
The humor of the situation wasn’t lost on the steadfast A-team fans amid a terrible 45-78 campaign.
One of the three scored themselves on Monday in the same section the couple was sitting in the day before, only that instead of engaging in a sexual act, these spectators held signs that read “Play balls”, “Don’t blow it” and “Keep it” your head in the game .
While the pair have certainly been out in public, athletics have been intimate affairs in recent seasons as attendance has dwindled. Currently, Auckland ranks last among the dead in the majors with less than 10,000 spectators per match