By Melissa Warren, photos by Su Phelps
The Howard Hughes Corporation, The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, local leaders, Major and Minor League Baseball executives and Las Vegas 51s officials gathered today, Feb. 23 to break ground on Las Vegas Ballpark, a 10,000-fan capacity baseball stadium and future home of the Las Vegas 51s, the city’s professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League. The newest addition to Downtown Summerlin®, Las Vegas Ballpark will be located on approximately eight acres just south of City National Arena, the practice facility for the city’s National Hockey League (NHL) team, the Vegas Golden Knights. As the second major sports facility in Downtown Summerlin, the new stadium will establish the community’s urban core as a vibrant sports and entertainment hub.
“Today’s groundbreaking marks an important milestone in the next stage of growth for both Downtown Summerlin and the Las Vegas 51s,” said David R. Weinreb, Chief Executive Officer of The Howard Hughes Corporation. “This would not have been possible without the vision and support of Clark County and the LVCVA. Developing Las Vegas Ballpark in the heart of Downtown Summerlin is symbolic of our focus on creating dynamic experiences and making entertainment and culture a central component of our communities.”
In addition to serving as the home of the Las Vegas 51s, Las Vegas Ballpark will host civic, community, nonprofit and sporting events. Designed to create a festival-like atmosphere, the site will be landscaped to complement the Summerlin® master planned community and will provide a wide range of seating options including 20 suites, party zones and decks, a kids’ zone, and bars and a pool beyond the outfield wall. Parking will be conveniently located on adjacent sites. Las Vegas Ballpark is being designed by HOK, a global architecture firm with an expertise in stadium design, having designed more than 40 professional and collegiate stadiums worldwide.
“Along with the leaders of Clark County and the LVCVA, we have worked tirelessly to give baseball a new home in Southern Nevada,” said Kevin T. Orrock, President, Summerlin. “Las Vegas Ballpark will help elevate baseball in the region while providing valley residents with another first-class amenity in Downtown Summerlin.”
“I am elated to welcome professional baseball to Downtown Summerlin,” said Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager of District F, whose Commission District includes much of Summerlin. “This new stadium will be an incredible asset for our community.”
“This is exciting news for all Clark County residents,” said Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak. “The new stadium will bring family-friendly entertainment to Southern Nevada for decades to come.”
“The Las Vegas 51s were our city’s original professional franchise and baseball has been a core part of the Las Vegas community for decades,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, President and Chief Executive Officer of the LVCVA. “I am pleased to continue our long-standing partnership with the team and am excited about the tremendous opportunities Las Vegas Ballpark will bring to Southern Nevada with its new home in Downtown Summerlin.”
Additional baseball figures in attendance included Don Logan, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Las Vegas 51s; Pat O’Conner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Minor League Baseball; Fred Seymour, Senior Manager, Major League Baseball; and Branch Rickey, President of the Pacific Coast League and grandson of baseball legend Branch Rickey.
“In addition to providing a setting for community entertainment and cultural events, sports venues are proving to be prime catalysts for accelerated downtown development across the country,” said Don Logan, President of the Las Vegas 51s. “Moving to a state-of-the art stadium in a vibrant environment like Downtown Summerlin marks a new page in our 35-year history.”
The venue’s general contractor is Hunt Construction Group and PENTA Building Group.