April 17, 2024

Athletics to play at minor league park before Vegas residency

The Athletics will spend the subsequent three seasons taking part in at a minor league ballpark in West Sacramento before their deliberate transfer to Las Vegas for the 2028 season.

The workforce introduced Thursday that it might play at Sutter Health Park — the house of the Sacramento River Cats, the San Francisco Giants‘ Triple-A affiliate — sharing the venue with the minor league workforce for the 2025 to 2027 seasons. The settlement consists of an choice yr to play in Sacramento in 2028, ought to their new stadium in Las Vegas not be prepared by then.

The announcement units an finish to the Athletics’ 56 years in Oakland, the place the workforce moved to from Kansas City beginning in 1968 and received 4 World Series titles.

“We explored several locations for a temporary home, including the Oakland Coliseum. Even with the long-standing relationship and good intentions on all sides in the negotiations with Oakland, the conditions to achieve an agreement seemed out of reach,” Athletics proprietor Josh Fisher stated in an announcement. “We understand the disappointment this news brings to our fans, as this season marks our final one in Oakland. Throughout this season, we will honor and celebrate our time in Oakland, and will share additional details soon.”

The minor league stadium has 10,624 mounted seats and may presently maintain 14,014 followers with garden seating and standing room.

“I’m thrilled to welcome the A’s to Sutter Health Park, where players and fans alike can enjoy a world-class baseball experience and create unforgettable memories,” stated Sacramento Kings proprietor Vivek Ranadivé, who additionally owns the River Cats. “Today marks the next chapter of professional sports in Sacramento. The passion of our fans is second to none, and this is an incredible opportunity to showcase one of the most dynamic and vibrant markets in the country.”

Commissioner Rob Manfred thanked the Kings and the leaders within the Sacramento space for getting an settlement carried out.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.