LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- A future baseball stadium is being talked about for the Las Vegas 51s, and the name it would possibly be called: “The Ballpark at Summerlin”.
The team currently plays at Cashman Field, but Steve Mack, a former Pawnshop Chain Owner and the Howard Hughes Corporation are want to build a future stadium next to Red Rock Resort.
They have formed the Summerlin Baseball LLC, and are about to close on buying the team for $20 million. But in order to build the stadium, they are seeking financial support from local government.
Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak likes the vision for a new ballpark but questions how it’s going to be paid for.
“Always with any of these the lynchpin is the financing arrangements that come with these projects whether it’s a stadium or an arena, and that's ultimately going to be the situation here. It’s the same thing, financing,” Sisolak said.
He says the proposed price is about $65-million and would be built on land near Red Rock Resort.
Lori Nelson, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Station Casinos issued this statement about the project:
"While recognizing that there are issues that must be worked out in regards to developing a new stadium and relocating from Cashman Field, we believe that the development of a new stadium and entertainment venue in an easily-accessible location off the 215 beltway would be a great addition to the entire community."
Meanwhile, Summerlin Baseball LLC is looking at the design of ballparks across the country including Aces Ballpark in Reno.
As for financing, Sisolak says the public is becoming skeptical especially after the challenges faced by other arena/stadium projects recently including UNLV.
“There you get into a problem is the public going to end up paying for a stadium that's going to be used for private enterprise, it's going to be used for profit making venture for private company and constituents have pretty much been used opposed to that in the past,” Sisolak said.
But Sisolak says a future ballpark would be good for the team, and could help them succeed, however with our current economic situation he’s just not sure how at this time, but he’s willing to listen.
Sisolak says it’s a loss to keep Cashman up. The team’s lease was extended until 2022. They can terminate it with two seasons warning.
We attempted to reach Summerlin Baseball LLC on Sunday, but as of late Sunday evening had not heard back from them.