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Group buys Las Vegas 51s with plans to move team to Summerlin

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Baseball fans fill the stands at Cashman Field during the opening game for the Las Vegas 51s against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Friday, April 12, 2013.

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Baseball fans enter Cashman Field during the opening game for the Las Vegas 51's against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, Friday April 12, 2013. Launch slideshow »

The sale of the Las Vegas 51s to the Howard Hughes Corp. from the Stevens Baseball Group has been finalized, Howard Hughes officials announced today.

Summerlin Las Vegas Baseball Club LLC, a joint venture of Howard Hughes Corp. and Play Ball Owners Group, including investors Steve Mack, Bart Wear and Chris Kaempfer, purchased the Triple-A franchise with plans to move it from outdated Cashman Field in downtown Las Vegas to a new stadium in Summerlin.

“We see the opportunity of owning the 51s as a great way to extend our commitment to the entire Las Vegas Valley,” David R. Weinreb, chief executive officer of the Howard Hughes Corp., said in a statement. “We will work to ensure that the baseball experience in Las Vegas is among the best and look forward to an exciting new era for the team, their fans and followers.”

The Sun last year reported a sale price at $20 million when Howard Hughes Corp., the majority stakeholder, became involved in plans to purchase the team. It didn’t release figures in Monday’s statement.

Cashman Field is the 27th oldest of 30 Triple-A facilities and lacks amenities such as indoor batting cages and rehabilitation equipment.

Howard Hughes Corp. already owns the land for the proposed stadium, which is near the Red Rock Resort at Charleston Boulevard and the 215 Beltway. The proposal is for $50 million to $60 million, and investors previously said they would seek some public money. If all goes as planned, the earliest the team could move to Summerlin would be for the 2015 season.

“This is a big day for everyone that lives in Las Vegas who loves the 51s, baseball and sports,” Mack said in a statement. “For the first time in 20 years, ownership is represented by owners who live here, invest in this community and believe that the 51s are an essential part of future development of the Las Vegas fabric.”

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  1. I hope the new owners change to name of the club. Metros, gamblers, whales, luckies, anything but 51s!
    Let's have some suggestions from readers.

  2. Re: New name for the 51s:
    How about the Las Vegas Gold Diggers?

  3. Read the book, bad sports how owners are ruing the games we love. Then tell me who really wins with a new ballpark. This country is so screwed up its sad, people actually believe that rich people need welfare! If you have enough money to buy the team, then you have enough money for a stadium. Look at the Florida marlins for the latest example!

  4. No Public Money - for Any Private For Profit Business. I don't care if it's an Arena, Ball field, or shopping re-development Project. Public Money For Public Schools, Research Hospitals (UMC - treatments for people with US ID's or Cash Only, Far above average wage jobs, etc.. Please make sure these guys are responsible for an entertainment tax - like every other Cirque show in town.

  5. If they want to build their own ballpark, go for it, but there should not be a penny of public money wasted on a new stadium. Cashman is fine for the 1500 people who show up for each game. And BTW, moving them to Summerlin loses the Henderson crowd. Bye bye.

  6. Stars wasn't a bad name but lacked pizazz.

    51's is just horrible.

    I always like Mustangs for a Vegas team seeing how we have wild horses and all.

  7. Also the move to Summerlin is better too. I think they'll get a better gate with the move. Henderson people will go there. It'll be right off the 215. You know they are going to go to the Wet n Wild from Henderson.

  8. I live in a town that has built 5 stadiums/arenas in the past 40 years, all with Taxpayer assistance. One stadium is now vacant and just sold for pennies on the dollar, leaving the taxpayers stuck for millions. The others are just putting money into the owners pockets. Do we get reduced ticket prices? Noooo!!! Cheaper parking? Nooo!!!! Does the beer cost less? Noooo!!!! Take a hint and let the Millionaires pay for it. It's their business, their profits, not yours.