Jan. 15, 2019

Las Vegas has a new Triple-A baseball team

I mentioned in my book, Things to Do Off the Strip: Away from the Neon Lights, that we had a Triple-A baseball team here in Las Vegas. Located north of Downtown Las Vegas, the 51s played their games at Cashman Field. The stadium had a reputation for being one of the older parks in Triple-A baseball, and the player facilities were poor. The Howard Hughes Corporation had a half interest in the team and was able to buy the other half a couple of years ago. As a property developer with land in Summerlin, they began to build a new stadium. It will stand across from Downtown Summerlin and next to City National Arena, where the Golden Knights practice.

At the time of this writing, the new stadium is near completion, and the team has been renamed the Aviators. Most likely, this is in honor of Howard Hughes, who, among many things, was a pilot. They will also be switching their affiliation from the New York Mets to the Oakland A’s. The team will begin playing in the spring of 2019.