(KRON) — The Oakland Athletics are now one step closer to becoming the Las Vegas Athletics after the Nevada State Senate approved a proposed stadium bill Tuesday afternoon. The vote was approved by a vote of 13-8.
It will now move on to the Nevada State Assembly where it will need to be similarly approved. The assembly is in discussion currently and may vote on the bill this evening. Amendments were made to the original bill which helped turn the tide for the bill in the state senate.
The stadium site must now be at the Tropicana Hotel location and the A’s are now on the hook to provide adequate contributions related to transportation, parking and traffic improvements. The bill also includes more specifics about how the community benefits agreement would be structured and what the A’s are required to do.
Meanwhile in Oakland, fans are preparing to mount a “reverse protest” tonight, showing up in numbers to protest the team’s current ownership group and demand that the A’s be sold, rather than moved to Vegas.
Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over til it’s over,” and while true, the A’s move to Vegas appears to have taken a big step forward.