If you’re in the Phoenix area, this event is worth checking out: Mesa is hosting A Day at the Diamond on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to mark the return of the Oakland A’s and the Hohokam Stadium reopening.
The free celebration gives you the opportunity to tour the A’s newly renovated Hohokam Stadium, 1235 N. Center St., and watch team pitchers and catchers participate in their first official spring training workout at noon.
The event includes a sports card show, live music, beer garden, food and a kid’s zone with inflatables and games. Hot air balloon rides and a zip line are available as well for a small donation that will go towards renovations at Guerrero Park’s Mendoza Field, named after Sgt. Brandon Mendoza, who was killed in a tragic wrong way accident last year.
Improvements to Hohokam Stadium include the exterior and entrance gates painted and re-branded with the familiar Oakland A’s green and gold color scheme. The stadium has refurbished seating, a state-of-the art scoreboard, a new and expanded clubhouse and new party decks along the left field and right field foul lines.
The City of Mesa and the Oakland Athletics have a 20-year agreement, with the team holding two five-year options that could extend the contract to 30 years. The A’s previously trained in Mesa from 1969 to 1978, winning three consecutive World Series from 1972 to 1974.