Nevada: Oakland A’s ballpark funding bill advances to Governor’s desk

June 15, 2023
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Changes to the current bill in the Assembly were approved unanimously by the Senate.

The Oakland A’s team moves one step closer to making a new stadium home at the Tropicana Las Vegas site near the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip. Senate Bill 1 has moved up for Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo to sign after gaining approval in both the Senate and the Assembly, according to a local report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The Senate recently approved the $380m public funding bill with a yes vote of 13-8. After adding a few changes, the bill advanced to the Assembly, which approved an amended version of the proposal by a 25 to 15 vote. Minutes later, the Senate unanimously accepted the proposed changes.

Under the terms of the amendment, the state treasurer was restored to the Las Vegas Stadium Authority Board of Directors. Funds can be directed to Clark County for “development of supportive housing for low-income people and those experiencing homelessness.”

The change also raises the team’s annual community benefit from $1.5m to $2m.

The team released an official statement commending lawmakers for their work regarding the bill.

The Oakland A’s said, “Tonight, we thank the members of the Nevada State Legislature and their staff for their hard work, due diligence, and attention to detail as we work to bring the Athletics to Las Vegas.

“We are especially grateful for the legislators’ time and dedication to shepherding this bill through the process, including the special session. We look forward to Governor Lombardo’s signature as our next step.”

Once construction is completed, the new ballpark would be able to seat between 30,000 and 35,000 fans.

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