Las Vegas making renewed MLS push

Las Vegas will again make a push for a potential Major League Soccer expansion franchise as the City Council there will consider a new deal to build a soccer stadium at the site of Cashman Field, the current home of the Las Vegas Lights of United Soccer League.

The market, now home to the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League, and beginning in 2020 the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League, previously explored five years ago the potential of redeveloping land for an MLS expansion club, prior to those two teams being confirmed for Las Vegas. But the city eventually pulled away from any possible deal. The Lights, which began USL play in 2018, have drawn well and helped spark renewed interest among the city officials in building a new stadium for MLS.

Should the city approve the potential deal, it will initiate a 180-day window for talks to construct the stadium and a mixed-use development. Cashman Field, the former home of a Class AAA minor league baseball team, is located near downtown on a 62-acre parcel. The USL Lights would continue to use Cashman during any construction under the deal.