The Las Vegas ballpark the future home of the Las Vegas Aviators (former 51s) is right on schedule. Since the groundbreaking ceremony on February 23, 2018, the construction of the ballpark is proceeding swiftly.
According to 13KNTV Las Vegas, progress at the site is easy to spot near Downtown Summerlin and crews have now started setting the template for the exterior sign.
The following tweet shows how much it looks like a ballpark already.
The construction site is located at downtown Summerlin, adjacent to the training facility of the Las Vegas Golden Knights, Las Vegas’ own NHL franchise.
The project, which will cost about $150 million — an estimated $90 million for the stadium itself — is expected to be ready for the start of the 2019 season, making the upcoming season at downtown Cashman Field the last.
The aforementioned groundbreaking ended a long search for a new home for the former 51s. Cashman Field, the club’s old ballpark wasn’t very suitable for baseball anymore as it started to show some defects. At the end of the 2015 season, the sewage near the home team dugout broke down as the toilets started to bubble and backed up. The smell was terrible. And of course this happened on a promotional night on which the stadium was packed, wich doesn’t happen very often in Las Vegas.
For years the 51s have been complaining about the deplorable state of Cashman Field. Eventually, the complaining paid off. But that was also thanks to the City of Las Vegas who wanted the 51s out of Cashman Field as they had plans to expand the adjacent Cashman Center, the North Las Vegas convention center.
According to an article of the Las Vegas Review-Journal from the date of the groundbreaking ceremony, the construction workers had 365 days to finish the job. When you look at the video, shown at the attached Tweet, it looks like the job will be done in time as they have a little less than a month to go.
The stadium will hold 10,000 fans and will be outfitted with a pool, suites, party zones and decks, a kid zone and a host of other amenities, both for fans and players, that Cashman Field was lacking. In other words, it will be a modern Minor League ballpark with a lot of bells and whistles.
Recently the 51s changed their name into Aviators, to celebrate the new home. Also did the club sign a PDC with a new parent club, the Oakland Athletics, after the New York Mets moved their AAA team to Syracuse where the local Chiefs rebranded and adopted the parent club’s name.