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Maverick Mitchell
April 4, 2024  (5:34 PM)
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Oakland Atheltics are set to play in Sacramento through 2027 until Vegas stadium is ready.
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The A's have now confirmed that this will be their last season in Oakland. While they await their new stadium in Las Vegas, the team will temporarily relocate to Sacramento and play there through the 2027 season. Fans are clearly not happy with this decision, but A's owner John Fisher talks about his excitement.

"We're excited to be here for the next three years, playing in this beautiful ballpark." - Fisher

In pursuit of relocating to Las Vegas by the 2028 season, the Athletics have revealed their plan to host their home games at Sutter Health Park in Sacramento, California, for the 2025-2027 seasons. The announcement was made by the team on Thursday, with the agreement also including the possibility of extending the arrangement for a fourth season.
Sutter Health Park holds a capacity of 14,000 people which is a staggering difference to that of where they currently play, the Oakland Coliseum holds 63,000 fans. It makes sense as they do need an option outside of Oakland, but it may be a strange transition for a major league club and its players to play at a minor league ballpark.
This is not the first time this type of move has occurred in a major sport. The Arizona Coyotes of the NHL had dealt with a similar attendance and lease issue, which resulted in them moving to a college rink; Mullet Arena. With a capacity of only 10,000 and sharing the space with the Arizona State University hockey team, at first, reception was poor with some backlash, but now it is seen as one of the most electric places to play hockey. Hopefully this same narrative can be written for the Athletics.
According to The Athletic's Evan Drellich, the A's have no plans to alter their name to signify their relocation to Sacramento. Instead, they will continue to be identified by their current nickname (A's). Team representatives held discussions with the City of Sacramento, the meeting occurred a day after expressing that they were in disagreement with the terms required to secure an extension to remaining in Oakland.
However, despite its smaller size, the A's are facing attendance challenges now, so fans may be upset, but not upset enough to attend home games. In 6 home games this season they are averaging fewer than 6,500 fans. This decline in attendance reflects a culmination of issues stemming from years of neglect by ownership and management. Their failure to field a competitive team and their inability to find a viable solution to keep the franchise rooted in Oakland have contributed to this downward trend.
The once-proud franchise now grapples with the repercussions of these decisions, facing the consequences of diminished fan support and struggling to maintain a strong presence in their home city.
The Las Vegas stadium has not yet started construction.
Source: A's officially leaving Oakland after 2024, will play in Sacramento through 2027 until Vegas stadium is ready
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