READERS RESPOND TO HERB JAFFE COLUMN
I read your article in the Summerlin Area View (“51s’ move to Summerlin seems inevitable, but you can bet city won’t pay for it,” June 11). I have read many of the articles related to the current Cashman Field and the general impression that this field has outlived its usefulness to the city and to the 51s. I tend to disagree with this impression because I remember, as a little boy, going to the “original” field … (it) was incredible to me.
Although Cashman Field may be considered old, it is still such a far cry from what it originally was in the 1960s and ’70s. As a boy then, it was awesome, and when I go to the existing field and see the improvements that are now 30-plus years old and the sheer size of the facility, I continue to appreciate the beauty of the field. If it was moved to the Downtown Summerlin area through some miracle or an unprecedented act of the gods of the city, that would be far more convenient for me and my family due to its proximity to our home, but I am happy to go downtown to watch the 51s play as often as I can, to enjoy a hot dog or chicken sandwich and a Pepsi product with my family, to pay the outrageous prices Cashman Field charges (like every other stadium in the country does), and to marvel at the bright lights on the green grass ballfield, and occasionally to enjoy the conference hall meeting rooms. I have never had to wait to use the bathrooms, and when I have waited in the concession stand lines, it has never been too long of a time, so I’m not complaining about any of those things.
I guess my biggest complaint is the lack of appreciation members of our city government and many members of our press show to this facility because of its age or because of our leaders’ unwillingness to upgrade it to modern codes and the general attitudes projected toward this facility. There is no quick fix and apparently no willingness to cooperate to keep this complex operating smoothly and providing our local families an opportunity to enjoy what I remember to be an awesome place to watch a lot of truly cool stuff. We should never forget to appreciate the memories created in places just like this one.
— Michael J. Burke, Las Vegas
I enjoyed your article on the baseball stadium. I am a big baseball fan and live in Summerlin. It would be great not only for Summerlin but all of Las Vegas to get this stadium built. We can actually have a stadium to be proud of. We have Thomas & Mack that’s outdated; Sam Boyd Stadium, which is a joke; and of course, Cashman Field. It would be nice if the owner of the team pays some for the stadium, the city some and the Fertittas some, considering that for about 70 nights, there will be anywhere between 4,000 and 12,000 people in their backyard to help the Red Rock stay busy. I guess the mayor doesn’t want to help because it’s not downtown Las Vegas. That’s all she cares about. What about creating jobs for local people in construction and how great it would be for morale in the city to have a great minor league stadium in a great location? She should be embarrassed to have that old stadium in that location. If we ever get this on and she doesn’t want to help out, we should change the name to the Summerlin 51s. Boy, that has a nice ring to it.
— Keith Bruch, Las Vegas