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Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority Acquires Naming Rights For New Las Vegas Ballpark

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has "acquired naming rights" for the new home ballpark of the Triple-A PCL Las Vegas 51s in a 20-year, $80M deal, according to Adam Candee of the LAS VEGAS SUN. Howard Hughes Corp. announced "plans for a 10,000-seat" downtown Summerlin ballpark that will "break ground by early" '18 and be ready for the '19 season. The venue, called Las Vegas Ballpark, will "feature 22 luxury suites, club seats, berm seating, party zones and decks, a kids zone and a pool beyond the outfield wall." Architectural firm HOK will "design the facility." The 51s will "leave Cashman Field when Las Vegas Ballpark is ready." The 34-year-old ballpark is the oldest in the Triple-A PCL and has "suffered in recent years from sewage leaks and other maintenance issues" (LAS VEGAS SUN, 10/11). In Las Vegas, Alan Snel noted Howard Hughes will "build the ballpark" next to the Golden Knights' two-rink training center and HQ. Howard Hughes "hopes to have the ballpark open" by March 17, 2019 to "host Big League Weekend" when two MLB teams play preseason games in Las Vegas (LVSPORTSBIZ.com, 10/10). LVCVA President & CEO Rossi Ralenkotter said that the move takes the LVCVA out of the ballpark management business and "allows it to instead focus on professional sports' marketing potential." Also in Las Vegas, Velotta & Helfand note a "clause within the contract enables the LVCVA to exit it if minor-league baseball no longer is played in the city" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 10/11).