Clark County officials approved a request from Las Vegas Aviators (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) ownership that permits up to six post-game firework shows annually at Las Vegas Ballpark.
Opening in April of this year, Las Vegas Ballpark is located in Summerlin–a master-planned community outside of Las Vegas–and is positioned near a slate of amenities that includes Downtown Summerlin, City National Arena, and the Red Rock Casino complex. Thus far, the Aviators have held post-game fireworks shows that were authorized by temporary permits, and Aviators ownership Howard Hughes Corp. was seeking to eliminate the need to have to continue seeking temporary permits.
On Tuesday, the Clark County Planning Commission approved that request, allowing the Aviators to host up to six post-game fireworks shows each season. There were concerns from nearby residents that the request from team ownership was too broad, but representatives of Howard Hughes Corp. maintained that the goal all along was to simply clarify the situation surrounding firework shows. More from the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
“Really the intent always has been, and remains tonight, to allow five to six firework shows after baseball games,” said Stephanie Allen, a lobbyist representing The Howard Hughes Corp., which owns the team and the Las Vegas Ballpark.
But the proposal in front of the commission had stirred consternation among neighbors of the ballpark in Downtown Summerlin. The vacant site where the fireworks will be shot off is near residential developments, and the initial ask appeared much more ambitious than simple fireworks events.
Hughes Corp. had been seeking six permits, including for live entertainment beyond daytime hours, raising concerns that plans were far-reaching and that these unknown events could draw unwanted traffic, noise and safety issues….
Hughes Corp. dropped all but two permit requests, with Allen suggesting it was an effort to clean up the application and alleviate any neighborhood worries.
We visited Las Vegas Ballpark earlier this season, noting the attention to detail in its design, sleek grandstand design, and solid location.