The 51s will officially break ground on their new ballpark in Summerlin on Feb. 23.
The team hopes to move from downtown Cashman Field to the new ballpark in time for the 2019 season.
Las Vegas Ballpark, which will be right next to City National Arena and Downtown Summerlin, is part of an approximately $150 million project, $80 million of which will come from a naming rights deal with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which was approved in October.
“The whole thing is a huge undertaking,” 51s president Don Logan said. “There’s so many elements of the whole process that have to come together. Obviously you can’t get going until you have the official groundbreaking and then at that point, the architects, HOK, their plans are pretty much done. You’re going to see a number of renderings of how it’s going to come together and how neat it’s going to be.”
Renderings released next week will vary from the initial ones seen in October after months of working with the architects and construction companies, Penta Building Group and Hunt Construction Group, which has built a number of stadiums around the country.
“They’re going to use their expertise and to quote one of the guys over there, they’re going to start blowing and going,” Logan said.
Among those planning on attending the groundbreaking are 51s staff, alumni and fans; representatives from the Howard Hughes Corp., the team’s owners; Pat O’Conner, president of Minor League Baseball; Branch Rickey, president of the Pacific Coast League; Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak; and LVCVA CEO and president Rossi Ralenkotter.
“This thing, it’s evolved into what you’re going to see next Friday,” Logan said. “To me, it’s the best that it can be and it’s certainly a lot different than it was even two months ago, so it’s going to be cool.”