Cashman Field

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Cashman Field
Cashman Field.jpg
Address 850 North Las Vegas Boulevard
Location Las Vegas, Nevada 89101 U.S.
Coordinates 36°10′46.8″N 115°07′47.9″W / 36.179667°N 115.129972°W / 36.179667; -115.129972Coordinates: 36°10′46.8″N 115°07′47.9″W / 36.179667°N 115.129972°W / 36.179667; -115.129972
Owner LVCVA
Operator LVCVA
Capacity 9,334 (12,500 w/ standing room + berm)
Field size Left Field – 328 ft
Center Field – 433 ft
Right Field – 328 ft
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground April 1981; 36 years ago (1981-04)[1]
Opened April 1, 1983; 34 years ago (1983-04-01)[7]
Construction cost US$26 million[2]
($62.5 million in 2016 dollars)[3]
Architect Tate & Snyder[4]
R. Gary Allen Design Architects[5]
Structural engineer John A. Martin & Associates[6]
General contractor Mardian Construction Co.[2]
Tenants
Las Vegas 51s (PCL) (1983–present)
Las Vegas Lights FC (USL) (2018–) planned

Cashman Field is a mixed-use stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada owned and operated by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Its primary use is for baseball and soccer as the home field of the Las Vegas 51s (Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets) and the Las Vegas Lights FC. The field is adjacent to Cashman Center, an exhibit hall and theater, operated by the City of Las Vegas,[8]. The complex was named for James "Big Jim" Cashman and his family, who have been Las Vegas entrepreneurs for several generations. Cashman Field was featured as a landmark in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, in the city of "Las Venturas".

History[edit]

Cashman Field opened in 1983, which makes it the second-oldest stadium in the Pacific Coast League and the third-oldest stadium in Triple-A baseball,[9] and has a maximum seating capacity of 9,334 for baseball. The facility saw its first professional baseball game on April 1, 1983, when the San Diego Padres faced the Seattle Mariners in front of 13,878 fans. The Cashman Field attendance record of 15,025 was set on April 3, 1993, for an exhibition game between the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs.

Baseball usage[edit]

In addition to Triple-A baseball, the stadium hosted the Oakland Athletics' first 16 home games of the 1996 season due to renovations taking place at the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum. Cashman Field hosts at least one Major League Baseball spring training game annually, dubbed Big League Weekend. The Cubs have made 13 consecutive appearances at Big League Weekend[10]. The ballpark also played host the 1990 Triple-A All-Star Game which saw the team of National League-affiliated All-Stars defeated the team of American League-affiliated All-Stars, 8–5. Las Vegas' Eddie Williams was selected as the PCL MVP.[11] Cashman Field was host of the Triple-A World Series from 1998 until 2000 and the Big League Challenge from 2001 to 2003. In 2017, the stadium hosted the Mexican Baseball Fiesta, a series of two games between the Naranjeros de Hermosillo and the Águilas de Mexicali of the Mexican Pacific League.

Cashman Field had been suggested as a temporary stadium in the city's efforts to woo either a Major League Baseball expansion team, or an existing team desiring to move. The stadium would serve as home field until a permanent facility could be built. It had come up in the city's talks to lure the former Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins, and Oakland Athletics. However, the park would need considerable expansion, particularly in seating capacity, in order to host a team. The substantial costs which would be incurred in expansion and construction of a new stadium, as well as MLB concerns over Las Vegas' legalized gambling, have so far kept the city's proposals from achieving success.

Soccer usage[edit]

In July 2017, a United Soccer League team was announced to begin playing at Cashman Field in 2018, the Las Vegas Lights FC. Cashman Field previously hosted MLS exhibition games between the Los Angeles Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes, dubbed the California Clasico in 2016[12] and 2017[13].

Other events[edit]

The stadium was considered as the home stadium for the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League starting in 2011; however, the team remained at Sam Boyd Stadium in Whitney for that season's only home game. The team again announced negotiations with Cashman for the 2012 season but decided again to remain at Boyd for at least the first two games of the season.[14] (The league ceased operations before the other two home games of the season, which Boyd had not yet agreed to host, could take place.)

Problems and criticism[edit]

In recent years, players and staff from both the 51s and visiting teams criticized the facility. While it had been state-of-the-art when it opened, by the turn of the millennium it was considered far behind the times.

The stadium's playing conditions left much to be desired. Players complained that the field was hard on their backs and knees. The bullpens and clubhouse were also considered second-class. The weight room is smaller when compared to other Triple-A stadiums, with infielder Ty Kelly calling it "basically just a room... not an actual weight room". The batting cage is also a point of concern for the players. It is currently a single lane, which is only accessible by walking out of the clubhouse to the parking lot. Johnny Monell described the cage as making him feel like he is "back in high school again" and not up to par for a Triple-A stadium.[15]

During a 51's Game on August 22, 2015, the stadium sewage system backed up, causing raw sewage to flow into the dugouts. The smell was so strong that players were forced to watch the rest of the game from chairs on the field.[15]

Team president and chief operating officer Don Logan said, "It's disappointing that Vegas has the worst facility in our league when we have such a great town with the greatest hotels, the greatest dining, the greatest shopping. It's not becoming of this community to have a place like this."[15]

Pacific Coast League commissioner Branch Barrett Rickey has expressed his concerns about the feasibility of the continuous usage of Cashman Field as a Triple-A ballpark. In a letter to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority which owns and operates the facility, he wrote that ensuring that the upgrades necessary to keep Cashman at something approaching Triple-A standards would require spending "many tens of millions of dollars" that would still not be enough to make the stadium "an optimal long-term solution." He also added that Cashman's days of useful life were "well behind it," and that most MLB teams opted to place their top affiliations in "far less appropriate markets" than Las Vegas rather than deal with Cashman's shortcomings.[16]

The 51s plan to move to a new stadium in Summerlin by 2019.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UNLV Photo Collections Record". University of Nevada–Las Vegas. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Firm to Build Sports Complex". The Vindicator. Youngstown, Ohio. March 14, 1982. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Awards". Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects. Archived from the original on June 21, 2013. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rob Quigley Wins 3 of 8 Top Awards". Los Angeles Times. July 1, 1984. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Sports & Entertainment". John A. Martin & Associates. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Las Vegas' Cashman Field". Zvents. Retrieved September 22, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Velotta, Richard (March 14, 2017). "LVCVA to turn over Cashman Center to city of Las Vegas early". Las Vegas-Review Journal. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Kantowski, Ron (6 February 2014). "Nashville gets new ballpark; Cashman Field just gets older". Las Vegas-Review Journal. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Cashman Field". Las Vegas. Retrieved March 31, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Triple-A All-Star Game Results (1988–1992)". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  12. ^ Manzano, Gilbert (February 14, 2016). "Galaxy, Earthquakes get kick out of Cashman's 'fun atmosphere'". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved August 30, 2017. 
  13. ^ S, KD (December 16, 2016). "MLS California Clasico Comes to Las Vegas". Southern Nevada Soccer Association. Retrieved August 30, 2017. 
  14. ^ Carp, Steve (August 2, 2012). "Home Field in Question for Locos". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c Hefland, Betsy (2016-09-03). "It's not hard to find why 51s want out of Cashman Field". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  16. ^ Kantowski, Ron (2016-01-21). "PCL president admonishes LVCVA over crumbling Cashman Field". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
First stadium
Home of the
Las Vegas 51s

1983 – 2019
Succeeded by
Las Vegas Ballpark