Gov. Steve Sisolak said he was “not inclined” to call a special session of the Legislature to consider a public fundraising program to help bring Oakland A’s from Major League Baseball to Las Vegas.
In an interview on Wednesday with The Independent of Nevada, Sisolak said he spoke with A’s representatives on several occasions over the past year about the franchise’s desire to build a billion-dollar retractable-roof stadium in Las Vegas.
A management researched several venues for a potential 35,000-seat stadium in Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin and other areas of the valley.
Sisolak said the A’s have inquired about possible public funding for the stadium, but only generally.
“They wanted public money. In what form, they didn’t really specify, ”Sisolak said.
The governor said a special legislative session was not underway.
“I don’t plan on calling one now,” Sisolak said. “Who knows what’s going to happen? “
Sisolak also said that an increase in taxes on hotel rooms, the tax vehicle used to fund $ 750 million out of the nearly $ 2 billion in costs to build the Allegiant Stadium for the Las Vegas Raiders, no is not an option.
“They asked about the room taxes, and I said that wouldn’t happen,” Sisolak said. “I don’t know if they know exactly what they’re looking for. I explained to them that I didn’t want to be a stalking horse. They said they didn’t, and they were serious about it.
The As see Las Vegas as a new home after Major League Baseball said the team’s current stadium, the 56-year-old Coliseum, was no longer a viable solution. The team and the City of Oakland were unable to secure a development deal for a new waterfront baseball park.
In an interview with The Independent of Nevada in July, A chairman David Kaval said the team was on a “parallel path” between the eventual development of a new stadium in Oakland and the eventual move to a new stadium in Las Vegas.
Wednesday, CNBC reported that the A’s have submitted an offer to Major League Baseball to build a stadium on the site of Tropicana Las Vegas. The 34-acre site is owned by Gaming and Leisure Properties real estate investment trust, and Bally’s Corp. has entered into an agreement to purchase the operations of the hotel-casino.
“At the moment, we cannot confirm the CNBC report and I have no comment, ”A spokeswoman Catherine Aker said in an email.
Sisolak said the A’s had discussed with him two sites along Tropicana Boulevard – the 100-acre site that houses the Wild Wild West Casino, which is owned by Red Rock Resorts, and a plot adjacent to UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center. which was originally envisioned for the Raiders Stadium but has been dismissed by the Federal Aviation Administration as being too close to McCarran International Airport.
A spokesperson for Red Rock Resorts could not be reached.
A’s interest in southern Nevada comes five years after the Oakland Raiders won the biggest pot of public money for a stadium project in the United States to help develop Allegiant Stadium in the glass dome with 65,000 seats. A special session of the legislature was needed to approve a 6.5 percent hotel room tax increase on the Strip.
Sisolak said he told representatives at A that there are different types of public funding the team could consider. He said infrastructure, such as freeway exits and entrances, could potentially be funded by Clark County.
“It would depend on the property they selected,” Sisolak said. “If they want to get a tax improvement district, it would be done through the county.”