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Top 10 facts and figures for new Las Vegas ballpark

1 April 2019

The 2019 Major League Baseball season kicked off last week, and while most of the attention across the country is going to defending champions the Boston Red Sox and the record-breaking contracts for superstars Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, there is also exciting news for baseball in Las Vegas this year.

The $150 million Las Vegas Ballpark will be unveiled in two weeks when the minor league Las Vegas Aviators play their home opener on 9 April. Ground was broken for the new ballpark last February. For a new team in a new stadium, here are 10 things you should know about the Las Vegas Aviators and the new ballpark.

10. The history
Previously, the Triple A team was known as the Las Vegas 51s, who played at Cashman Field since 1983. The decision to change the team name and logo is in honor of the late American aviator and filmmaker Howard Hughes, who had a strong connection to Las Vegas after acquiring six resorts, an airport and an airline. The Howard Hughes Corporation is the owner of the ballpark.

When the Las Vegas 51s played at Cashman Field, they were playing at the second oldest ballpark in the Pacific Coast League, behind the Tacoma Rainiers' Cheney Stadium.

9. The seats
Cashman Field had capacity for 9,334.Las Vegas Ballpark has increased the number to 10,000.

Not only will more people be able to attend games, but they'll be more comfortable, too. All the seats are going to be 4Topps AirFlow mesh seats, which are said to be "comfortable and fully breathable." That should come in quite handy during those 100-degree days in Las Vegas this summer.


8. The videoboard
The Las Vegas Ballpark will be home to the largest videoboard in minor league baseball, which will also be larger than that of five MLB teams. The 3,930-square-foot board stands 31 feet high and 126 feet wide. It will be able to display multiple images or videos at a time, or put up one large video or photo.

7. Suites and club seats
There will be 22 suites at Las Vegas Ballpark, which Cashman Park did not have. The suites will offer bar service and nightly catering to enhance fans' baseball experience.

The club seats offer upgraded food and beverage options along with a private entrance and private restrooms on the club level.


The suites may be an addition, but there is one tradition that the Aviators will continue from their days as the 51s. Every Thursday home game will be $2 beer night at the Las Vegas Ballpark. It is a little different from previous seasons, since it used to be $1 at Cashman Field. The first Thursday home game and $2 beer night will be on 11 April.


6. The pool
Las Vegas in the summer – and even some days in the spring – can bring on some serious heat. It’s always nice to be able to cool off. While the mesh seats should hinder some of the scorching heat, a quick swim would do much more. If you want to swim and watch the game, you can rent out the swimming pool for $2,000 per game.


5. Eight days left
We are only eight days away from the home opener of the Las Vegas Aviators at the Las Vegas Ballpark.

The Aviators will be taking on the Sacramento River Cats next Tuesday for a nice 7:05 p.m. first pitch. It is expected to be a packed house with a sold-out crowd. In its first season, the stadium will host 70 home games for the Aviators.


4. From the Mets to the Athletics
The organization has been around for 37 years, and this season marks the first one affiliated with the Oakland Athletics.

Previously, the Las Vegas 51s were with the New York Mets, but this falls in line with the numerous other changes the Las Vegas AAA baseball team has made in the last year.

3. Location
Summerlin has seen its sports presence grow in a big way over the last couple years. In September 2017, City National Arena opened as the Las Vegas Golden Knights practice facility. Then, of course, the Las Vegas Ballpark, just right next door to City National Arena, will see its first Aviators game played a week from tomorrow.

So, the city in Nevada went from having a very poor sporting environment to an NHL practice facility and a Triple A baseball stadium in a matter of two years. The Oakland Raiders will be making Las Vegas their new home as well in 2020, when the Las Vegas Stadium is expected to be completed.

2. Parking
When people think of attending sporting events, one thing that crosses their mind is what they will have to spend on parking. However, that won't be an issue at the Las Vegas Ballpark. There will be free parking, with a capacity of 2,500 vehicles. Some people may lose interest in going to a baseball game if, on top of the ticket price, they have to add more expenses for parking at the stadium. Luckily, free parking and lower-tier ticket prices ranging from $12 to $18 will surely grab many fans' attention and draw more in.

1. Demand for tickets
Fans have already been chomping at the bit to get to an Aviators game. In fact, opening day sold out in less than 10 minutes. Yes, 10 minutes. Not only that, but according to the Las Vegas Ballpark website, 2019 season tickets and club and suite tickets are already sold out.

They are already accepting deposits for 2020 season tickets, since the opening season tickets went so quickly.

Dan Ippolito

As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports. Email him at daniel@casinocity.com, or follow him at @casinocity_dan on Twitter.
Dan Ippolito
As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports. Email him at daniel@casinocity.com, or follow him at @casinocity_dan on Twitter.