Big News for Summerlin & a New Home for the Las Vegas 51s
Now that it’s official, Downtown Summerlin has announced a major new development, and the Las Vegas 51s will have a state-of-the-art stadium to call home.
The Howard Hughes Corporation, which owns controlling interest in the Pacific Coast League team, announced it will build a new baseball stadium on an eight-acre parcel right by the practice arena for the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights. It will be located just west of S. Town Center Dr. and north of W. Sahara Ave, close to plenty of Summerlin real estate and amenities.
The estimated cost for the 10,000-seat stadium, which will be called Las Vegas Ballpark, is $150 million, and it should be ready in 2019. Howard Hughes Corp. already struck a naming-rights deal with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority worth a whopping $80 million over 20 years that will keep Las Vegas in the facility name.
Top-notch sports architecture firm HOK will design the open-air ballpark that features 22 luxury suites, a pool beyond the outfield, club seats, a family zone as well as party zones and decks befitting the Las Vegas lifestyle.
Since 2013, the 51s have been the AAA affiliate of the New York Mets, but that relationship will conclude following the 2018 season. No new affiliation deal with an MLB team has been announced yet, but 51s officials have said they aren’t worried about a new partnership for 2019. The Mets want their AAA team closer to New York and, to that end, purchased the Syracuse Chiefs.
One great thing about the new stadium is how accessible it is for Summerlin and Las Vegas Valley residents via the 215 Beltway, and there are plenty of dining options and water holes close to the new stadium.
The current home of the 51s, Cashman Field, is one of the more maligned PCL stadiums after sewage leaks and other large issues have become problematic for the 34-year-old facility (the oldest in the PCL). Fans have also spoken out about extended lineups for the restrooms and concessions.
Overall this is a win - win for Summerlin residents and the Las Vegas 51s.
By Leslie Hoke
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