May 25, 2023 3:23 PM
The NHL’s Arizona Coyotes lost a vote in the Phoenix-area city of Tempe last week for a $2.1 billion arena and entertainment district.
Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo also owns the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno and the Sahara Las Vegas.
While his arena vote was being considered, Meruelo was one of several North Strip casino owners trying to bring the Oakland A’s stadium project to the 39-acre Las Vegas Festival Grounds, directly across from the Sahara. The site is owned by Circus Circus owner Phil Ruffin, and Meruelo discussed the A’s with the billionaire.
“Alex has always thought the Festival Grounds makes the most sense for the stadium,” said Andrew Diss, vice president of government affairs for Meruelo Gaming.