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Sutter Health Park won’t be the first minor league ballpark in which the A’s have played

(FOX40.COM) — The Athletics will temporarily call Sutter Health Park home for at least three seasons as the franchise awaits its planned move to Las Vegas.

The A’s will play at the West Sacramento ballpark from 2025-2027, with an option to play there for a fourth season. 
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In the team’s lengthy history, West Sacramento will be the franchise’s fourth city.

Sutter Health Park serves as the home for the Sacramento River Cats, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

Compared to the 63,000-seat Oakland Coliseum, the capacity and available parking is vastly different at the minor league park (14,014).

With Sutter Health Park set to host the MLB team, it won’t be the first time the A’s have played regular season games in a minor league ballpark.

Current players in the A’s organization with ties to the region

A’s forced to play elsewhere

Years before the A’s planned move to Las Vegas, the team temporarily called the city of Las Vegas home.

It was the mid-1990’s, and the Oakland Coliseum was undergoing renovations as part of an agreement for the Raiders to return to Oakland from Los Angeles. Construction was not completed in time for the start of the 1996 baseball season, so the A’s had to find somewhere to host games.

They accepted an offer to play at Cashman Field in Las Vegas where they played their first six games of that season. At the time, the 9,334-seat ballpark served as the home for the Las Vegas Stars, the top minor league team for the San Diego Padres, according to MLB.com.

During the six-game homestand, the A’s went 2-4.

Mark McGwire was the A’s main draw during that time. He crushed both a franchise and a league-high 52 home runs in 1996. The 1996 season would be the final full year McGwire played for the A’s, as he would get traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1997.

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