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Summerlin residents may soon call the 51's their home team

Reported by: Gerard Ramalho
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Updated: 4/08/2013 10:13 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- It's America's favorite pastime and some say now is the time to bring baseball to Summerlin.

Tonight there is a positive movement toward yet another proposed stadium in the valley that would eventually become home to the Las Vegas 51's.

In just a couple weeks the 51's will have a new owner and as News 3's Gerard Ramalho reports from Summerlin near 215 and Charleston, in just couple years, they could also have a new place to play ball.

There's a new proposed stadium in the valley that could have some real traction which is saying a lot considering all the recent projects that have stalled or just fallen apart.

Steve Mack is only weeks away from becoming the new owner of the Las Vegas 51's and part of his vision is to eventually give the team a new home which would be a $65 million state-of-the-art ballpark that would seat about 9,000 fans.

"I'm trying to invigorate, in relocating the team, into what could be the premiere destination in Triple-A baseball," Mack said.

He says the park could resemble the new Aces ballpark in Reno. He also wants an adjacent urban village with shops, dining and entertainment.

"This isn't about bringing it into a development but to bring development to it. This is the unique opportunity of putting it into a very prized special piece of property that happens to be in their portfolio."

The opportunity he refers to is a partnership with the Howard Hughes Corporation. The corporation would be part owner of the ball club and has agreed to donate the prized land which is right next to Red Rock Resort and a new mall currently under construction.

Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak recently said he likes the idea but has concerns about financing.

"There you get into a problem” Sisolak said. “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 for private company and constituents have pretty much been opposed to that in the past."

Mack and the Howard Hughes Corporation admit they will seek collaboration, in other words -- funding from a number of parties including the Las Vegas Convention and Vistors Authority, the City of Las Vegas and Clark County.

In a statement a spokesperson with Howard Hughes told us, “The cooperation of all these entities is critical to the success of the project, It will provide benefits for the entire community as well as the parties involved."

Mack is confident everyone will see the deal as a home run and soon families in Las Vegas will be able to enjoy professional baseball on a whole new level.

Developers are hoping they can act fast on this. They'd like to see the ballpark up and ready to host games beginning in 2015.


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