The Las Vegas Aviators, the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s, wanted a ballpark that would elevate the fan experience and the team’s player development. The Howard Hughes Corporation, owners of the Aviators and developer of the master-planned suburb of Summerlin, envisioned the ballpark as the centerpiece of the city’s 400-acre downtown and an exciting new entertainment draw within the crowded Las Vegas market.
HOK’s design of the 10,000-person capacity ballpark blends the distinct architectural style of Summerlin with the desert landscape of Southern Nevada and the aviation legacy of Howard Hughes. The elegant roof structure evokes the shape and lightness of a stealth aircraft while maximizing shade and amplifying the cheers of the crowd. As the ballpark rises toward the sky, the Red Rock Canyon-inspired building materials and color palette gradually become lighter, revealing a contemporary appearance unique to Summerlin. The landscaping blends in with downtown’s plantings and hardscape.
Upper level seats offer views of the Red Rocks and the Las Vegas Strip, while the sloping, 360-degree concourse provides connectivity to the action on the field.
Structural openings within the ballpark draw air through the concourse and across the seating bowl, mitigating the summer heat of Nevada. The ballpark’s innovative seats, made of a breathable mesh material, feel up to 50 degrees cooler than traditional molded vinyl seating when exposed to the sun.
Viewing and entertainment options include 22 luxury suites, 400 club seats, party zones, decks, a swimming pool overlooking center field and a family-friendly grass berm in right field that can accommodate hundreds of fans. Concession stands and bars prominently feature local cuisine and regional drink offerings that reiterate a sense of place. A Major League-quality video board and sound system add to the vibrancy of the space and set Las Vegas Ballpark apart from most all Minor League Baseball parks.
In its inaugural season in Las Vegas Ballpark, the Aviators broke a single-season franchise attendance record and led MiLB in attendance while helping downtown Summerlin solidify its position as one of the region’s premier entertainment, retail and dining destinations. Both Ballpark Digest and BaseballParks.com recognized the venue as “Ballpark of the Year.”