Ever since moving to Las Vegas I’ve been hearing that the Las Vegas 51’s would be moving to the Summerlin area. Well, the move was finally made official and the team will be leaving downtown Las Vegas after the 2018 season.
The Howard Hughes Corporation plans to develop and construct a baseball stadium in Downtown Summerlin on approximately eight acres of land. The new stadium will be just south of City National Arena, the practice facility for the Vegas Golden Knights NHL team. The hockey rink is across the street from Red Rock Casino.
Summerlin is a suburb of what most tourists consider Las Vegas. Everything mentioned above is located approximately 20 minutes from the Vegas Strip, 15 minutes from downtown Las Vegas, and about 5 minutes from Red Rock Canyon. You’ll also find Suncoast and Rampart casinos along with Tivoli Village shopping district in the area.
I’ve lived just outside of Summerlin since moving to Las Vegas. There’s plenty to do in the area and it’s really not too far from the touristy parts of town. I feel like I have the best of both worlds at my fingertips. There’s a bustling suburb out here with the fun of the Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas just a quick drive away.
The Las Vegas Ballpark sounds sick. It’s being designed by HOK, a global architecture firm with an expertise in stadium design that has helped build more than 40 professional and collegiate stadiums worldwide. If you’re a sports fan, you’ve probably seen HOK stadium designs before.
The 10,000-fan-capacity stadium 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. There’s no word if the pool will have bottle service. Designed to create a festival-like atmosphere in Downtown Summerlin, the site will be landscaped to complement the master planned community.
Parking will be located on adjacent sites. However, you might want to take a car service like Uber or Lyft to the games on the weekend. Traffic between people visiting the mall and casino can already be a bit much. Vehicles with up to 10,000 people might be more than the area can handle. We’ll find out for sure in a couple of years.
“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,” said Kevin T. Orrock, President, Summerlin, The Howard Hughes Corporation. “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.”
“The 51s baseball team has been a staple in the Las Vegas community for over three decades,” said Don Logan, President/COO, Las Vegas 51s. “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 announcement of Las Vegas Ballpark strangely came just after the New York Mets announced they will be ending their affiliation with the Las Vegas 51′s. That shouldn’t be too big of a problem for the Las Vegas 51′s. Minor League teams change affiliates fairly often. Expect to hear a new team partnership within the next year.
If the touristy parts of Las Vegas have you pining for something different you might want to consider visiting the casinos in the suburbs. The west side has three casinos, multiple shopping malls, a national park and more. There’s a lot more to Las Vegas than meets the eye. This new stadium will give tourists another excuse to explore beyond the Strip.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.