New owners of Las Vegas 51s to make case for public financing

The new owners of the Las Vegas 51s baseball team are making the rounds to three main stakeholders in their bid to draw public financing for a new minor league ballpark in Summerlin, and they hope to have a game plan for their campaign in two to four weeks.

Steve Mack, the public face of the 51s ownership group, said the owners are reaching out to officials with the city of Las Vegas, Clark County and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to draw feedback on the baseball park plan.

Mack said his group hopes to have a public strategy game plan for a new 51s ballpark in a few months.

“We’re listening to a lot of ideas and opinions,” he said Tuesday.

The owners, officially called Summerlin Las Vegas Baseball Club LLC, are a joint venture of the Howard Hughes Corp. and the Play Ball Owners Group, which includes Mack and fellow investors Bart Wear and Chris Kaempfer.

They closed on the $20 million purchase of the Triple A 51s from the Stevens Baseball Group on May 13.

The 51s owners are reaching out to city, county and convention authority officials because they have a big ask: a three-way partnership between the city, county and the authority to float bonds to pay for the proposed $65 million ballpark.

The new owners say 30-year-old Cashman Field near downtown Las Vegas has a poor location and does not offer the amenities of modern Triple A ballparks.

They’re pitching a new ballpark just south and slightly west of Red Rock Resort.

They envision family-friendly amenities in a rotunda around the ballpark that would include a toddlers playground, a beach volleyball area and a water play zone, Mack said.

The owners already have a name for the proposed ballyard — The Ballpark at Summerlin Centre.

It would have 8,000 to 9,000 seats on 16 to 20 acres to be donated by the Howard Hughes Corp., which values the land at $40 million.

Contact reporter Alan Snel at or 702-387-5273.

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