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Athletics Unveils Images of Las Vegas Baseball Field With Climate-Friendly Design; “Like a spherical armadillo”

The Oakland Athletics on Tuesday unveiled new renderings of the proposed ballpark, designed to be climate-friendly in the desert heat of Las Vegas and featuring the league’s largest video scoreboard in the smallest-capacity facility.

In a press release, the team said the capacity of 33,000 people, a margin of $1.5 billion, is planned at the current location of the Tropicana Hotel would feature a tiered, overlapping roof that protects fans and players from the sun and midday heat, along with views of the Strip through what would be the world’s largest glass cable net window.

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Artist’s rendering of the proposed athletic field at the Tropicana site in Las Vegas.

Design by BIG/Image by Negativ


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Artist’s rendering of the proposed athletic field at the Tropicana site in Las Vegas.

Design by BIG/Image by Negativ


The design also includes an 18,000-square-foot jumbotron, which would make it the largest screen in Major League Baseball. The Athletics said the plans are a collaboration between Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and HNTB, the architect of nearby Allegiant Stadium.

“The collaboration between BIG’s creativity and HNTB’s technical expertise creates a truly innovative and bold design while delivering an unparalleled fan experience,” Athletics owner and managing partner John Fisher said in a prepared statement. “We hope to contribute to the dynamic atmosphere and vibrancy of the Las Vegas Strip and create a welcoming environment for all of Southern Nevada.”

The ballpark would also have upper and lower seating bowls that would stack fans closer to the field than in traditional bowl configurations. The roof’s five overlapping layers, reminiscent of the Syndey Opera House, are intended to evoke images of traditional pennants, BIG founder and creative director Bjarke Ingels said in a statement.

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Artist’s rendering of the proposed athletic field at the Tropicana site in Las Vegas.

Design by BIG/Image by Negativ


“The resulting architecture is like a spherical armadillo – shaped by the local climate – as it opens up the life of the Strip and invites you to come in and explore,” said Ingels. “In the city of spectacle, the A’s ‘armadillo’ is designed for passive shade and natural light.”

The Athletics said Bally’s and GLPI were working on a master plan for the development of a related resort, with more details of the process to be determined in the coming months. The ballpark was expected to open for the 2028 season.

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Artist’s rendering of the proposed athletic field at the Tropicana site in Las Vegas.

The A’s announced an agreement to build a ballpark in May 2023 on the Tropicana site and obtained $380 million in public funding in Nevada the next month. The team arrived on November 16 received league approval to move to Las Vegas.

The team’s current lease at the Oakland Coliseum extends through the 2024 season and it is not clear whether the A’s will play home games in Oakland, Sacramento or a minor league stadium in Las Vegas in 2025.

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