Las Vegas 51s could play future seasons in Summerlin
New owners hope Las Vegas 51's play future season openers in SummerlinPhoto: Video by ktnv.com
Summerlin, NV (KTNV) -- The boys of summer are back at Cashman Field in downtown Las Vegas, but they could soon be headed to Summerlin in the northwest.
The Las Vegas 51s baseball team lost their season opener Friday night, but their new owners hope they'll score a big win by moving the team to a new $65 million stadium near the Red Rock Resort.
Current team managers agree with locals who feel Cashman Field is ready for a makeover.
Media Director Jim Gemma said, "The park is old now. It was state-of- the-art back in 1983, but with all these new triple a parks now, times is gonna kind of bear that out."
The new team owners can't build a new stadium unless they get approval from all of the municipal players involved, including the City of Las Vegas, Clark County and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for new bonds to pay for it.
Timing is another challenge. Moving the team away from downtown would mean the loss of a major attraction just as moves to redevelop is happening at a record pace.
Gemma said the team is committed to stay at Cashman Field for at least the next couple of seasons.