When it opens in 2019, Las Vegas Ballpark—future home of the Las Vegas 51s (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League)—will feature 4Topps Premium Seating’s AirFlow Mesh seats. The seats will be installed throughout the ballpark, according to an announcement from team owner Howard Hughes Corp., and are designed to keep fans comfortable in the Las Vegas heat.Las Vegas Ballpark is currently under construction in Downtown Summerlin.
Over 8,000 seats will be installed in the ballpark’s lower tier bowls, suites and party zones, as well as in both outfield corner sections, where the seats will swivel 360 degrees with a front beverage railing. The installation makes the Las Vegas 51s the first team in sports history with a home ballpark boasting all seats made from breathable mesh. With the seats, lounge areas and standing social areas, Las Vegas Ballpark’s total capacity is 10,000.
Historically, plastic, vinyl, and bleacher seats have provided no relief from the Las Vegas heat. With 4Topps mesh seats, fans will enjoy a seat that is both comfortable and fully breathable, allowing air to flow through the mesh and remain cool. Surface-level temperature readings taken last summer in the Atlanta Braves’ new Sun Trust Park, where 4Topps installed nearly 3,000 seats, showed a remarkable 30- to 50-degree reduction between the new mesh and traditional vinyl seats.
“We have made this decision with the fan experience in mind,” said Don Logan, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Las Vegas 51s. “When we were presented the option of giving our fans the most comfortable and coolest seat on the market, it was an easy decision. Plus, the higher elevation in Summerlin means the area’s ambient air temperature is generally five to eight degrees cooler than other parts of the Las Vegas valley. That, in combination with our new seats, is exciting news for all Las Vegas baseball fans who brave the summer heat to enjoy a great game of baseball.”
“While Las Vegas Ballpark is the future home of the Las Vegas 51s, it will also host dozens of other civic, community and sporting events,” said Kevin T. Orrock, President of Summerlin. “Our goal is to design and build a first-class venue consistent with the high standards of quality for which both the Summerlin community and The Howard Hughes Corporation are known. Most importantly, we want to ensure that fans and patrons can enjoy baseball and other events year-round.”
“We are thrilled to partner with The Howard Hughes Corporation and the Las Vegas 51s to ensure fan comfort at the new Las Vegas Ballpark,” said Joe Bellissimo, founder and CEO, 4Topps. “The summer heat can be brutal whether you are sitting in plastic or vinyl seats in Chicago, New York or Las Vegas. Fans want to be comfortable, and it is exciting to see stadium developers like The Howard Hughes Corporation taking steps to mitigate heat with a product proven to do just that.”
The Las Vegas Ballpark is located on approximately eight acres south of City National Arena, the practice facility for the city’s National Hockey League team, the Vegas Golden Knights. As the second major sports facility in Downtown Summerlin, Las Vegas Ballpark will establish the community’s urban core as a sports and entertainment hub.
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