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Vegas council approves stadium-area plan for MLS soccer team

June 6, 2019
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In this April 13, 2019, photo, Las Vegas Lights FC fans celebrate the team's goal against the Tacoma Defiance in a soccer match at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. Lights goalie Thomas Olsen is at center. Las Vegas is considering a deal with a developer to reshape a downtown stadium area to boost a bid for a Major League Soccer expansion franchise. The City Council plans a vote next week to give The Renaissance Companies Inc. six months to come up with a plan involving the aging Cashman Field baseball stadium, now home to the minor-league Las Vegas Lights. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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In this April 13, 2019, photo, Las Vegas Lights FC fans celebrate the team's goal against the Tacoma Defiance in a soccer match at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. Lights goalie Thomas Olsen is at center. Las Vegas is considering a deal with a developer to reshape a downtown stadium area to boost a bid for a Major League Soccer expansion franchise. The City Council plans a vote next week to give The Renaissance Companies Inc. six months to come up with a plan involving the aging Cashman Field baseball stadium, now home to the minor-league Las Vegas Lights. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas has assigned a developer to come up with a proposal to replace an aging downtown baseball stadium and attract a Major League Soccer franchise.

The City Council on Wednesday approved a six-month exclusive agreement with The Renaissance Companies Inc. to reshape the Cashman Field area, now home to the minor-league soccer Las Vegas Lights FC.

Lights FC owner Brett Lashbrook plans to sell his United States Soccer Federation team to an investor represented by Renaissance.

City officials want owners to bid on an MLS expansion franchise.

Cashman opened in 1983 and has hosted Triple-A baseball affiliates of the San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets.

The Las Vegas Aviators, affiliated with the Oakland Athletics, opened this year at a suburban Summerlin ballpark.

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