Raze the Rio? Rumor Swirls that MLB Stadium Will Replace WSOP Casino

Raze the Rio? Vegas Blog Stirs Pot with Rumor MLB Stadium Will Replace WSOP Casino

October 11th, 2018 by Jon Sofen

Caesars Entertainment will soon demolish the Rio, home to the WSOP since 2005, and replace it with a Major League Baseball stadium, according to popular Las Vegas entertainment blog, and occasional casino industry insider, Vital Vegas. The predictions were made on Twitter, but provided no evidence or attribution for the source of the rumor, so not surprisingly plenty of doubters dismissed the possibility.

The Rio, home of the WSOP and soon site of a new MLB ballpark?

Rumors about the Rio being sold (and the WSOP needing to find a new home) have persisted for years, and now the chatter contends the whole resort will be demolished to make room for a new Major League Baseball stadium. (Image: Vegas Golf Adventures)

Still, the prediction from a source that supposedly has inside info on the Las Vegas entertainment caused quite a stir Wednesday on social media. What are the odds of this coming to fruition? Slim, most likely. But plenty of speculators believe the notion makes several other questionable casino moves make sense.

Major League Baseball in the middle of the desert, to some, seems like a crazy idea. But maybe these bloggers are on to something.

Growing Sports Town

This isn’t the first time rumors spread of an MLB team coming to Sin City. In July, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said on the “Dan Patrick Show” that Las Vegas “is a viable expansion alternative.”

The continually growing desert city has been on MLB’s radar for possible expansion since the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights came to town in 2017. Manfred is impressed with how quickly locals fell in love with the new hockey team.

A $1.9 billion football stadium is currently under construction near the Strip. The Oakland Raiders come to town in 2020. As population grows in Clark County, Nevada (43,000 residents per year since 2015), the area becomes more attractive to professional sports leagues.

A baseball stadium in Las Vegas would require a retractable roof. With temps often exceeding 110 degrees during the summer, fans might choose an entertainment alternative if forced to sit outside.

It’s not cheap to build a stadium with a retractable roof. Marlins Park, home to the Miami Marlins, was built in 2012 for $515 million. After funding most of the cost for a nearly $2 billion football stadium, one has to wonder if Clark County could even come up with the money for another expensive project.

New Home for WSOP?

Many poker players would be ecstatic to see the Rio demolished. Or, at the very least, the WSOP moved to another location.

Poker players often complain that the Rio is “worn down” and “dingy.” Well, if Vital Vegas’ prediction is correct, the poker community, at least the vocal members on social media, will get their wish of seeing the place cleaned up.

Caesars Entertainment has yet to comment on the rumor. The casino giant hasn’t announced any plans to sell the Rio or demolish the building. Until that happens, Vital Vegas is merely speculating.

But the improbability isn’t an impossibility. Look no further than the Raiders and Golden Knights. Many locals predicted NHL and NFL franchises would never come to town.

Still, until Caesars sells off the property and a wealthy investor announces interest in bringing a baseball team to town, Vital Vegas is just stirring the pot.

3 Responses to “Raze the Rio? Vegas Blog Stirs Pot with Rumor MLB Stadium Will Replace WSOP Casino”

  1. arahel_jazz says:

    Good… Vegas can have our Diamondbacks.

  2. Peter Silvester says:

    I will not say this is for sale or not, however, if an interested party is has the backing, they are welcome to reach out to me.

  3. TulasMoreno says:

    well, I think Vegas is one of the most interesting places in the us to put sport teams, lately there’s a soccer team named “Las Vegas Lights” and it principal interest is to grow soccer passion in vegas so in the future there can be a soccer team in vegas but in the MLS, talking about poker, If this new is true, ill like the WSOP to move to Caesars palace or Wynn casino, maybe Aria but I don’t think they have a room that big to afford all the players, Caesars palace will be the best option to held the WSOP tournaments, by the way, I have to go to Vegas soon so I can visit Rio before the demolition.

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