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Athletics Las Vegas Ballpark Plans Revealed

The Athletics, Design by BIG/Image by Negativ

Major League Baseball's the Athletics revealed the initial plans for their proposed $1.5-billion Las Vegas stadium, with Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) leading the master planning design and HNTB as the sports/hospitality designer and architect of record.

Last August, the joint venture of Mortenson Construction and McCarthy Building Cos. was selected as the construction manager for the project. Situated at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip on a nine-acre plot within the existing 35-acre Tropicana Resort, the stadium will be adjacent to Harry Reid International Airport.

Renderings disclosed on March 5 show a 33,000-seat stadium enveloped by five overlapping roof layers, inspired by traditional baseball pennants. To maintain an outdoor ambiance with natural light and views of the Las Vegas Strip, the outfield of the stadium will feature what the Athletics describe as "the world's largest cable-net glass window."

Additional highlights include upper and lower seating bowls to enhance spectator proximity to the field, and an 18,000-sq-ft jumbotron—the largest in major league baseball. The stadium blueprint also incorporates up to 2,500 on-site parking spaces and a two- to three-acre plaza extending from the northwest corner to the main concourse.

In a statement, BIG founder and creative director Bjarke Ingels likened the stadium's architecture to "a spherical armadillo," influenced by its proximity to the Strip and the local climate. Ingels emphasized that the design prioritizes blocking direct sunlight while allowing soft daylight to illuminate the field.

The Athletics anticipate refining the stadium design as it progresses through the approvals process, aiming for completion by the 2028 season. However, with the team's current lease at the Oakland Coliseum expiring this year, their interim playing location remains uncertain.

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