619-Demolition Begins Historic Las Vegas Casino Makes Way for Billion Dollar Baseball Stadium

The Tropicana Las Vegas, a renowned Sin City landmark since its opening in 1957, is set to be demolished to make way for a new Major League Baseball stadium. The planned demolition is to accommodate the relocation of the Oakland Athletics, marking a significant change on the Las Vegas Strip. The decision to replace the historic hotel-casino with a ballpark came from Bally’s Corp., the current owners of the Tropicana, who announced that the hotel would close on April 2, just days shy of its 67th anniversary. The new stadium is expected to be a 30,000-seat ballpark with a retractable roof, signifying a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” according to Bally’s President George Papanier. The project, which is backed by $380 million in public funding, aims to create a new landmark for Las Vegas, paying homage to its iconic history while catering to its nearly 50 million visitors a year. The stadium is slated to open in 2028 and will be situated near the homes of other major sports teams, the NFL’s Vegas Raiders and the NHL’s Golden Knights