In just a few short years, Las Vegas emerged as a hot spot for American sports. Unfortunately, one of the city’s first professional sports teams looks poised to depart Sin City.
According to a report from Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Vegas Vipers of the XFL won’t be returning to their home of Cashman Field next year. Without a secured venue, the Vipers could find another venue in the state or relocate entirely:
“The XFL’s Vegas Vipers will not return to Cashman Field for the 2024 season, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to the Review-Journal on Thursday.
It’s unclear whether the move is the first step in a rumored relocation or if the Vipers will seek a new venue in Southern Nevada.
The Vipers were the last of the eight teams in the XFL to announce a site for home games when the league relaunched last year. They eventually settled on Cashman Field, but struggled to gain traction.
Among the eight teams, the Vipers were last in attendance with an average of 6,028 fans over the five-game home schedule.”
Las Vegas’ first professional sports team, the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, entered the league as an expansion franchise in the 2017-18 season. Vegas immediately emerged as a powerhouse and won the Stanley Cup this past season.
In 2018, the San Antonio Stars of the WNBA relocated to Las Vegas, and the franchise changed its name to “Aces.” Last year, the Aces won the first championship in franchise history. And in 2020, Mark Davis (owner of the Aces) relocated the historic Oakland Raiders franchise to Las Vegas, securing them a fancy new home in Allegiant Stadium.
Finally, the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball are set to move to Las Vegas in the not-so-distant future. The new ballpark in Vegas is projected to open in 2028.
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