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November 22, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Las Vegas is at risk of losing baseball

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We need a new baseball stadium.

Let’s get this done, Las Vegas. Let’s face it. Cashman Field is old, outdated and in a bad neighborhood, and has way too many bleachers to sit on.

No matter what team is here — this year the Mets — they all complain about the lack of indoor batting cages and training facilities for their team.

The truth is because of these poor training facilities, no major league team wants its affiliate here in Las Vegas. The only reason the Mets are here is because they had no other options.

The reality is if we don’t build a new ballpark in the near future, sooner or later teams are going to refuse to play here and Triple-A baseball — which has been a fixture in Las Vegas for 30 years — will be terminated.

In the past 30 years, the population of Las Vegas has roughly tripled; meanwhile, the attendance at Cashman Field has remained stagnant and will continue to do so.

I think the location of the proposed new stadium is ideal, and I really believe attendance will increase.

Let’s get this done, and let’s finally have a stadium Las Vegas can be proud of.

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  1. If the 51's team were winning, the stands would be packed regardless of the wretchedness of the stadium. Winning brings in the fans and fills the seats.

    Carmine D

  2. And, the downside to "losing" baseball is - exactly what? It's entertainment, pure & simple and must entertain to remain in business. Why should tax dollars be used to prop up any form of "entertainment" or any business, at all, for that matter? I don't think many will lose any sleep over whether or not LV has a baseball team or any other "team." "Sports" teams must earn their way or go belly up. That's the "free" market and exactly how the "free" enterprise system is supposed to work.

  3. Unless plans are being made to build a new inclosed baseball sports arena,I say leave it alone.People will not come out in record numbers and sit on hot bleacher seats in 110 degree heat.

  4. I usually don't go with the crazy libertarian craziness in these comments, but lvfacts101 has it right.