The Oakland Athletics’ lease for the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., expires after the 2024 season. File Photograph by Steve Nesius/UPI | License Photo
Nov. 16 (UPI) — All 30 MLB workforce house owners unanimously accepted the Oakland Athletics plans to relocate to Las Vegas, a league supply advised UPI on Thursday morning.
The house owners’ vote occurred at a gathering Thursday in Arlington, Texas. Authorized challenges, together with one from a Nevada teachers union relating to use for public funds used for the brand new stadium venture, stay potential obstacles for the transfer.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is anticipated to debate the plan Thursday at a information convention.
The Athletics are to grow to be the second MLB franchise to relocate inside the final 52 years. The Montreal Expos had been the final workforce to relocate after house owners accepted their changing into the Washington Nationals in 2004. The vote was 28-1 vote, with solely the Baltimore Orioles dissenting.
The Athletics franchise began play in 1901 in Philadelphia. They moved to Kansas Metropolis in 1955 and began in Oakland in 1968. They might grow to be the primary MLB franchise transfer 3 times.
The Athletics’ lease for Oakland Coliseum expires after the 2024 season.
Athletics president Dave Kaval introduced in April that the franchise agreed to purchase 49 acres at Dean Martin Drive and Tropicana Avenue, close to the Las Vegas Strip. Kaval mentioned the Athletics plan to assemble a $1.5 billion stadium.
The Athletics haven’t introduced plans for the place they plan to play video games from 2025 by way of 2027, earlier than their Las Vegas stadium opens for play in 2028.