Rox to play D-backs in 2 ST games in Vegas

January 14th, 2022
The A's Triple-A affiliate's desert home.

The Colorado Rockies announced today that they will play two Spring Training games against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Las Vegas Ballpark in Las Vegas, Nev. on March 18 and 19. Las Vegas Ballpark is home to the Las Vegas Aviators, the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, with the contests being a part of the organization’s “Big League Weekend.”

“We’re looking forward to bringing Rockies baseball to Las Vegas and to a fanbase that may not normally have the chance to see our club in person,” Rockies President / COO Greg Feasel said. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to come back to Las Vegas to showcase Major League Baseball, and we are excited that the Rockies have the opportunity to be a part of this special event.”

“We are grateful to be considered by Major League Baseball to represent the league during this series, as we have with past trips to other great destinations like Australia and Mexico,” Diamondbacks President / CEO Derrick Hall said. “We have a tremendous following in Las Vegas due to our close proximity and we look forward to our local passionate D-backs fans having the opportunity to travel and be in attendance as well.”

“We are excited to have two Big League Weekends in 2022, after a year’s absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Aviators President / COO Don Logan said. “We welcome back the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies from the National League West for a two-game series. Las Vegas Ballpark will once again provide an outstanding atmosphere and environment for Major League Baseball. Fans, both locals and tourists that visit during this event, will have a memorable time.”

The set of games will mark the fourth time the Rockies have visited Las Vegas during Spring Training, having previously faced the Phillies and Athletics in 2000, the Dodgers in 2003 and the Mariners in 2009. Completed in 2019, this will be first time the Rockies visit Las Vegas Ballpark, with the previous contests taking place at Cashman Field.

Game times for the Spring Training series are tentatively scheduled for Friday, March 18 at 7:05 p.m. MT and Saturday, March 19 at 2:05 p.m. MT. Each game will be a split-squad game for the Rockies, with the club also scheduled to play the Oakland Athletics on March 18 and the Seattle Mariners on March 19 in Arizona.