The Howard Hughes Corporation has unveiled plans to develop and construct a baseball stadium in Downtown Summerlin, Nevada, for the Las Vegas 51s.
The stadium will be built on approximately eight acres just south of City National Arena, the National Hockey League practice facility for the Vegas Golden Knights.
The new stadium, to be named the Las Vegas Ballpark, will be the future home of the Las Vegas 51s, the city’s professional baseball team. It is expected to open in 2019.
The team, a member of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and a Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, is wholly owned by The Howard Hughes Corporation, which acquired full ownership interest earlier this year.
The 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.
The 10,000-fan-capacity stadium blends the distinct architectural style of the Summerlin community with the aviation legacy of Howard Hughes.
The ballpark will provide a wide range of seating options including 22 suites, club seats, berm seating, party zones and decks, picnic tables, kids’ zone, bars and even a pool beyond the outfield wall.
Designed to create a festival-like atmosphere in Downtown Summerlin, the site will be landscaped to complement the master planned community. Parking will be conveniently located on adjacent sites.
The announcement followed a vote by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Board of Directors approving a marketing partnership that gives LVCVA naming rights to the stadium.
In addition to serving as the home of the Las Vegas 51s, Las Vegas Ballpark will host civic, community, nonprofit and sporting events.
According to David R. Weinreb, Chief Executive Officer of The Howard Hughes Corporation, the announcement is the result of years of planning for the company and community stakeholders, including Clark County and the LVCVA. He said:
Together, we have worked tirelessly to bring this much needed initiative to fruition for the benefit and enjoyment of the entire Southern Nevada community. The ballpark will further distinguish Downtown Summerlin as a vibrant destination and give valley residents a first-class amenity and the opportunity to enjoy professional baseball in an inviting and family-friendly environment.
Kevin T. Orrock, President, Summerlin, The Howard Hughes Corporation, said:
Home of City National Arena and the Vegas Golden Knights, Downtown Summerlin is adding yet another feather to its cap with the addition of the Las Vegas Ballpark and the Las Vegas 51s.
Already considered a top dining, retail and entertainment hub, Downtown Summerlin is on its way to becoming an unmatched sports destination. We could not be more excited to add baseball to our line-up.
Don Logan, President/COO, Las Vegas 51s, said:
The 51s baseball team has been a staple in the Las Vegas community for over three decades. With a new home in Downtown Summerlin, the future of professional baseball in Southern Nevada looks exceptionally bright. We are confident this location, which is easily accessed from all regions of the valley via the 215 Beltway, will help grow our fan base and introduce new generations to America’s favourite past time.
We can’t wait to put down roots in Downtown Summerlin, a destination that already has a reputation for best in fun, family-oriented entertainment.
The Las Vegas 51s have the proud distinction of being the longest enduring franchise in the history of professional sports in the state of Nevada. The 2017 campaign marked the 35th season in the Silver State as a proud member of the Pacific Coast League.
The Stars/51s have reached the 300,000 mark in “home” attendance at Cashman Field in 35 consecutive seasons (1983-2017).
The 51s are the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets and the franchise won the PCL championship in 1986 and 1988.