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Will developers pony up for Cashman Field replacement?

Developers toured Las Vegas’s Cashman Field site, as the city continues to work on a replacement.
Developers toured the 51-acre Cashman Center site last week, as the city of Las Vegas ties a new ballpark for the Las Vegas 51s (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) to development rights to the parcel.

The 31 people attending an city-hosted informational session were briefed on the city’s conditions for development of the parcel located north of downtown Las Vegas. The most important: the requirement that the developer include a new 51s ballpark, either at the Cashman Field site or elsewhere in the city, as a condition for landing the site.

The city and the 51s both say Cashman Field is functionally obsolete, lacking many fan amenities and providing little protection against the rugged weather of a Las Vegas summer. 51s GM Don Logan hints the team’s owners may look for a new home if a new ballpark is not forthcoming:

"Ideally, we’d play out the string at Cashman, then move into a new facility," he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "Then again, given the state of the worldwide economy, at this point, who knows? You have to step back and understand there are a lot more needs out there. The timing really isn’t the best."

Developers are working on a tight timeline: they must inform the city of their interest with a letter of intent is by Dec. 12, with full proposals due Jan. 9.

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