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Design & Development

A’s assessing temporary homes ahead of Vegas move

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The Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball team is reportedly considering several options for a temporary ballpark as it prepares to move to a new purpose-built stadium in Las Vegas in 2028.

In November, the A’s received the green light from MLB to relocate from Oakland to Las Vegas. The team will play the 2024 season at its current home, the Oakland Coliseum (pictured), but it remains to be seen where the A’s will spend the following seasons ahead of the planned move to Las Vegas in 2028.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal, citing a source familiar with the matter, reported that A’s owner John Fisher and president Dave Kaval visited Sutter Health Park in Sacramento, California last week to assess the stadium’s credentials as a potential temporary home for the franchise.

Sutter Health Park is home to Minor League Baseball (MiLB) team the Sacramento River Cats, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, and has a seated capacity of over 10,000.

The Review-Journal added that the A’s are also considering Las Vegas Ballpark, home of the Las Vegas Aviators MiLB team, which is affiliated with the A’s. Other options on the table are said to include Oracle Park, home of the aforementioned Giants; Greater Nevada Field, home of MiLB’s Reno Aces; and Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City, home of MiLB’s Salt Lake Bees.

There have also been reports that the A’s could stay in Oakland until 2028. Any decision on the team’s home venue for the 2025 season would need to be made by this July.

MLB has previously said that it is working with the A’s to evaluate multiple options before the team’s new $1.5bn (£1.2bn/€1.4bn), 30,000-seat stadium opens. The new stadium will be built on the Tropicana site on the Las Vegas Strip.

The A’s have played in Oakland since 1968 and will become Las Vegas’ third major league team, alongside the NHL’s Golden Knights and the NFL’s Raiders. The latter left Oakland for Nevada in 2020.

In October, construction manager Mortenson-McCarthy revealed the tentative timeline for the A’s ballpark, with work potentially commencing in April 2025. It is hoped the stadium will be completed in January 2028.