LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Las Vegas Aviators kicked off their season with a new name, new mascot and new ballpark in Summerlin.
The team's owners were ready with an improved fan experience and much more, but they couldn’t have envisioned the meteoric surge in ticket sales, as the team currently leads all of Minor League Baseball in attendance.
And now Las Vegas Ballpark has a major national award to add to its accomplishments, as BaseballParks.com announced that the new facility is the winner of its 20th Annual Ballpark of the Year Award.
Every year since 2000, BaseballParks.com has presented this honor to the new or remodeled baseball stadium with the best combination of site selection, exterior appearance, architectural design, and fan amenities. The selection is made by an advisory panel utilized by the 22-year-old website.
Local fans will be able to watch the presentation of the award in person prior to the Aviators’ home game Aug. 3.
“We appreciate that BaseballParks.com recognizes what the Las Vegas Aviators’ fans have been saying since Las Vegas Ballpark debuted earlier this year,” said Steve Hill, CEO and President of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “We congratulate our partners at The Howard Hughes Corporation for developing an incredible venue and creating an impactful and memorable fan experience.”
The list of past winners reads like a Who’s Who of standout baseball facilities. Past honorees include Pittsburgh’s PNC Park in 2001, San Diego’s Petco Park in 2004, Columbus’ Huntington Park in 2009 and spring-training facility Salt River Fields in 2011.