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Cubs, Athletics set for annual Las Vegas Big League Weekend

Oakland AthleticsWe get a lot of questions about this: the Chicago Cubs and the Oakland Athletics will square off in the annual Las Vegas Big League Weekend at Cashman Field.

The Chicago Cubs will make their 11th straight appearance in Las Vegas, set for two games against the Oakland A’s on Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14. Game times are TBA and both games will feature split-squads. Big League Weekend ticket packages are available now by calling the 51s’ ticket office at 702/798-7825.

The Cubs have recorded 15 sellouts over the past 10 seasons (2005-14) for their annual Big League Weekend visits to Cashman Field. In 2014, the Cubs total attendance for the Big League Weekend two-day event was 19,514. The New York Mets defeated the Cubs, 9-4, on March 15 before a crowd of 9,106. The Cubs then defeated the Mets, 6-3, on March 16 before a sellout crowd of 10,408.

Oakland will make their fifth all-time appearance to Las Vegas and its first appearance since the 2000 Big League Weekend. The A’s also played the first six games of the 1996 Major League Baseball season (April 1, 3-7) at Cashman Field due to construction delays in their home ballpark. The games marked the first time ever that a MLB season opener was held at a minor league park.

“We are very excited to have Major League Baseball back in Las Vegas for the 25th year of Big League Weekend,” Rossi Ralenkotter, President/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said. “We’re looking forward to having the Chicago Cubs back again this year to take on the Oakland A’s. Both teams have tremendous fans and we look forward to showcasing the great baseball atmosphere here in Las Vegas.”

“We are excited to announce that the Cubs will return to Las Vegas for the 11th straight season and we also welcome the A’s for their fifth all-time appearance for Big League Weekend,” 51s President/COO Don Logan said. “There is now great optimism surrounding the Cubs with the young talented players in their farm system and the hiring of Joe Maddon.

“Oakland has been one of the best teams in the American League over the past three seasons (94-68 in 2012 & 96-66 in 2013). The A’s should once again be a contender to return to the post-season for the fourth straight time in 2015. The Cubs/A’s matchup will provide a great atmosphere in the ballpark for the fans, both locally and the tourists that will visit the Silver State during this event.”

The A’s last appeared in Las Vegas in 2000 and defeated Colorado, 11-9, on April 1 before a crowd of 8,456. The Cubs/A’s split a two-game series in the 1994 Big League Weekend. The A’s defeated the Cubs, 11-8, on March 12 before a sellout crowd of 9,469. The Cubs then defeated the A’s, 4-1, on March 13 before another sellout crowd of 10,506.

Oakland’s all-time Las Vegas appearances include: 1994, 1996 (first six games of the MLB season vs. Toronto and Detroit), 1997 and 2000.

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