The Raiders have already taken the step. The A’s may not be that far from joining them.

But on Friday, another Bay Area-based sports team left their East Bay home for the desert of Las Vegas.

The NBA’s G-League Ignite team, which was based in Walnut Creek for its first two years of existence, has announced that it will be moving to Henderson, Nevada, a suburb of Las Vegas.

Founded in 2020 with a base at Ultimate Fieldhouse – just blocks from De La Salle, Carondelet and Ygnacio Valley High Schools – Ignite played all 2020-21 season in the G-League bubble in Orlando, Florida, with future Warrior Jonathan Kuminga and former Warrior Jarrett Jack played 16 games together.

In 2021-22, Ignite played several road games against the Santa Cruz Warriors and Stockton Kings in Northern California, staying near his Walnut Creek home. Ignite even played a game at Chase Center in San Francisco, with Warriors center James Wiseman playing for the Santa Cruz team in the game.

But the G-League Ignite played its home games at Michelob Ultra Arena in downtown Las Vegas, home of the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces, and led some to expect a permanent move to Nevada. Now, Ignite will play in the 5,567-seat Dollar Loan Center, which also hosts the AHL’s Henderson Silver Knights (the top minor league team the Vegas Golden Knights) and an indoor football team, the Vegas Knight Hawks.

“We are thrilled to partner with Foley Entertainment Group, Dollar Loan Center and the City of Henderson to create a new home for Ignite at a first-class facility near one of the world’s premier sports and entertainment destinations. “, NBA G-Leauge President Shareef Abdur-Rahim said in a press release. “With Las Vegas-area sports enthusiasts quickly embracing their hockey, football and WNBA teams, we can’t wait for the NBA G League Ignite to showcase its future NBA stars and exciting brand of basketball. -ball.”

Now Las Vegas has major professional teams in the NHL, NFL, and WNBA and minor league teams in hockey, basketball, football, baseball, and soccer, as well as being home to the UFC. and the host of many major boxing matches. And, if the A’s don’t get their home ballpark at Howard Terminal, maybe an MLB team will arrive soon too.

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