Last night, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Board of Directors approving a marketing partnership that gives LVCVA naming rights and thus opens the way for a new downtown ballpark in Summerlin as a new home for the Las Vegas 51s.
The stadium will have a capacity of 10,000 (minimum standard of AAA baseball) and blends the distinct architectural style of the Summerlin community. The ballpark will provide a wide range of seating options including 22 suites, club seats, berm seating, party zones and decks, picnic tables, kids’ zone, bars and even a pool beyond the outfield wall. Parking will be conveniently located on adjacent sites.
The influence of the Howard Hughes Corporation in Summerlin will only get bigger. Next to being the owner of the Las Vegas 51s, the corporation developed the city of Summerlin of which the construction began in 1990.
The future ballpark is designed by Populous, formerly known as HOK, who set the trend of the retro ballpark craze with the construction of Oriole Park at Camden Yard. Populous is a global architecture firm with an expertise in stadium design, having designed more than 40 professional and collegiate stadiums worldwide.
Don Logan, President/COO, Las Vegas 51s 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 favorite 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 Las Vegas 51s have been the ugly duckling of AAA baseball in the past decade. The PDCs that were signed with various clubs were only because those clubs could not find another home for their AAA team soon enough. Latest example ar the New York Mets, who announced yesterday they will leave Las Vegas after the 2018 season as they bought the Syracuse Chiefs. Perhaps this new facility will help the 51s signing a long-term deal with another MLB club.