The Oakland A’s took one step closer to moving the team to Las Vegas with the announcement this week of a binding agreement for the site of a new ballpark, the landowner said.

A’s officials reached an agreement with Providence, Rhode Island-based Bally’s Corp. for what is called the Tropicana Las Vegas site on the Las Vegas Strip.

The A’s are expected to develop nine acres of a 35-acre site at South Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue for a 30,000-seat stadium.

A new ballpark depends though on the A’s securing public financing and related agreements from the Nevada Legislature and approval of Major League Baseball.

The A’s have been trying for years to build a new ballpark in Oakland as their current home at the RingCentral Coliseum has outlived its useful life, A’s officials have said.

Keith Burbank, Bay City News

Keith Burbank is currently a fulltime reporter covering Alameda County and Oakland news for Bay City News. He has also worked on the Data Points project for Local News Matters, finding trends and stories about the region through data. In 2019, he was a California Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, producing a series about homeless deaths in Santa Clara County. He worked as a swing shift editor for the newswire for several years as well. Outside of journalism, Keith enjoys computer programming, math, economics and music.