Although a few fan amenities are unlikely to be completed by then, the Las Vegas Aviators (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) believe Las Vegas Ballpark will be ready by Opening Day on April 9.
The Aviators are preparing to open the brand-new Las Vegas Ballpark, which is currently under construction in Downtown Summerlin and is slated to stage its first game when the Aviators host the Sacramento River Cats on April 9. With that contest a little more than two months away, construction crews are working to have the ballpark to open on time.
Among the amenities slated for Las Vegas Ballpark are a pool and splash pad area that will be located beyond the right field wall. For right now, it is expected that the pool and splash pad will not be ready on Opening Day and instead be completed during the season. However, construction has reportedly made enough progress that Las Vegas Ballpark should be good to go by April 9, giving the Aviators confidence that their schedule will not be thrown off. More from the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
“The only problem with the pool is getting the truck in there to pour (concrete),” [Aviators president Don] Logan said, adding he was confident the pool would get done before it was warm enough to use it, and that he wasn’t worried about the rest of the ballpark being finished by opening night.
“No, I’m not. Pat Delano is our project manager (this explains why our tour guide was sporting a personalized hard hat), and he’s done a lot bigger jobs than this. They’re comfortable with the time frame, and as long as they’re comfortable, I’m comfortable.”
This has been an offseason of considerable change in Las Vegas. Aside from construction of the new ballpark, the franchise has rebranded from 51s to Aviators and signed a two-year player development contract with the Oakland A’s, who will take over from the New York Mets as Las Vegas’ parent club. Las Vegas Ballpark is the Aviators’ successor to Cashman Field, which will remain open as a home to Division II professional soccer’s Las Vegas Lights FC (USL Championship).
Construction photo, tweeted on February 4, courtesy Las Vegas Ballpark.
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