The Oakland A’s are in search of a temporary home as they await the completion of their new stadium in Las Vegas. The team’s $1.5 billion ballpark on the site of the Tropicana Hotel is not expected to be ready until at least 2028. With their lease at the Oakland Coliseum expiring this year, the A’s are exploring other options.
One potential destination for the A’s is a new baseball stadium currently being constructed in South Jordan, Utah for the Salt Lake Bees, the Los Angeles Angels’ AAA affiliate. Team officials from the A’s recently toured the site, and the stadium is expected to be completed in 2025. If all goes to plan, the A’s could play all 81 home games of the 2025-27 seasons at this location.
The Larry H. Miller Company, which owns the Bees and is building the new stadium, has expressed their willingness to accommodate the Athletics until their Las Vegas stadium is completed. They have even promised to expand the stadium from 7,000 seats to 11,000 to suit the A’s needs. This two-stadium solution would allow the Bees to continue playing in their current home at Smith’s Ballpark.
In addition to the Utah option, the A’s are also considering sharing the Las Vegas Ballpark with their Triple-A team, the Las Vegas Aviators, as well as other stadiums such as the Oracle Park in San Francisco, Greater Nevada Field in Reno, or Sutter Health Park in Sacramento. However, each of these options comes with its own set of challenges, particularly in terms of scheduling.
Regardless of their decision, the A’s will need to make a choice before July when MLB drafts the schedule for the 2025 season. The team is faced with the task of finding a temporary home that meets their needs and allows them to continue their operations smoothly until their new stadium in Las Vegas is ready for play.