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Las Vegas Aviators season shelved, financial impact likely

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Posted at 4:01 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 03:08:20-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Sports in Las Vegas took another hit today amid the COVID-19 pandemic as the Las Vegas Aviators season was canceled.

“We know that we’re not going to be playing this year, so we can turn our attention to 2021 and get after that, and make it's as good as it can be,” said Don Logan, Las Vegas Aviators President/COO.

Major League Baseball informed Minor League Baseball (MiLB) that it will not be providing affiliated teams with players for the 2020 season.

There will be no MiLB season in 2020.

“We are very disappointed in this news today,” Logan said. “The fact the Aviators didn’t have the opportunity to follow up on a great first season at Las Vegas Ballpark is very sad for everyone involved with the organization but most importantly for our fans. Obviously, the global pandemic has affected everyone in the world and the health and safety of all citizens is way more important than anything.”

The Aviators are coming off a very successful inaugural season in the new Las Vegas Ballpark.

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In 2019, the team led all MiLB in attendance which included 47 sellouts, and 23 crowds of 10,000 plus.

“To think that we could have a season like that in Las Vegas was something that you really couldn’t realize because you didn’t realize how special this place was going to be,” said Logan.

The ballpark was also set to host this year's MiLB Championship Series on Sept. 22.

Leaving the question of a financial impact on the area around the ballpark, Downtown Summerlin, and the valley with the loss of the season and championship game.

13 Action News financial specialist Steve Budin says the economic impacts will be felt not only at the ballpark, but also right across the street.

“People were coming to a game every night and how that’s effecting Downtown Summerlin with all those restaurants,” said Budin.

Kevin Orrock, president of Summerlin for The Howard Hughes Corp., told Ballpark Digest last year, “If you look back at our first year, we did slightly under 14 million visitors to the retail complex. This year, we’re at 18.5 million so it’s doing exactly what we hoped it would do.”

The following is the Aviators ticket policy for the canceled 2020 Pacific Coast League season:

Season Tickets:
Credit for 2021 season tickets plus a 10% bonus in-stadium dollars to use on concession/catering, merchandise and tickets.
Refund minus 15% to hold seats for 2021 season.
Full Refund

Groups:
Credit for 2021 season tickets plus a 10% bonus in stadium dollars to use on concession/catering, merchandise and tickets.
Full Refund

Single Game Buyers:
Credit for 2021 season
Refund

Single Game Buyers:
Credit for 2021 season
Refund
Individual season ticket holders will be contacted by their sales representative.