Oakland Athletics’ Final Season: Moving to Sacramento Before Vegas

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The Oakland Athletics’ last season in Oakland, California, will be in 2024.

Starting next year, the club will play at Sutter Health Park in West Sacramento until their new stadium in Las Vegas is completed, the team revealed on “X” on Thursday morning. 

The A’s want to play there through the 2025–2027 season, with the goal of having their new Las Vegas stadium finished and operational by 2028.

The news should be the last straw for those who still had confidence that the A’s would stay in the Bay Area, especially after Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman stated on February 8 that they should find a way to stay.

“I personally think [the A’s have] got to figure out a way to stay in Oakland to make their dreams come true,” she stated in an interview with the “Front Office Sports Today,” podcast program. 

Regarding the financial strain on the government, the speaker declares that they love Oakland and their team, and they are determined to keep the Oakland squad.

“I think there’s just an appetite in Oakland. I run into people from Oakland all the time. They want to keep the team and it’s just the government up there. It costs money…I love the people from Oakland. I think they deserve to have their team.”

Oakland Athletics’ New Home Signals Farewell to Oakland

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The Oakland Athletics’ last season in Oakland, California, will be in 2024.

Currently home to the AAA Sacramento River Cats, a former Oakland affiliate now a member of the San Francisco farm system, Sutter Health Park can hold 14,000 spectators. It’s easily more than the team’s average attendance at games played in Oakland since 2019 even if it’s still far lower than that of the Oakland Coliseum (63,000).

Owner John Fisher has run the team on a pitiful budget, trading talented players for younger, affordable decisions rather than signing them to big agreements, like something out of a “Major League” situation. Fans didn’t want to pay outrageous stadium fees to an owner who isn’t investing those funds back into the club, and the product lost its competitiveness. 

The A’s greatest average attendance of 10,276 came during the 2020 season, which was curtailed by COVID-19. This was partly due to the supporters’ desire to express their disapproval with Fischer. 

In a “reverse boycott,” planned by the Oakland supporters on June 13, 2023, 27,759 people showed up to support the team, not the owner, either. 

No matter how hard fans try, money talks. And it stated, in this case, “goodbye Oakland.” It’s unfortunate.  

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