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Cashman Field
Temporary home of the
Oakland Athletics, April 1996 *

Cashman Field

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* Home of the Las Vegas 51s (1983 - 2018)

Vital statistics:
Lifetime Capacity Outfield dimensions (feet) Behind home plate Fence height
The Clem Criteria:
Built Status LF LC CF RC RF Field
Loc. Aesth. Overall
1983 FAIR 9,500 328 355* 433 355* 328 42* 18? 3 5 8 3 6 5.0

* Estimated power alley and backstop distances.

thumbnail Construction delays on Oakland Coliseum, undergoing expansion for the benefit of the Oakland-Los Angeles-Oakland Raiders, forced the Athletics to play their first six "home" games in 1996 here at Cashman Field, a minor league ballpark. It was the first such "neutral" venue to be used in Major League Baseball since 1969, when the White Sox played some of their home games at Milwaukee County Stadium. With one (mostly) uncovered deck, it bears the most structural resemblance to Colt Stadium and Jarry Park. The playing field is shaped like a simple rounded square, with a deep center field, rather like Aloha Stadium.

Cashman Field is unique in being attached to a shopping mall / convention center, called "Cashman Center." The ambience is degraded, however, by its location on the seedy south side of Las Vegas. Sinners beware! For the past several years, Cashman Field has hosted at least one Major League Baseball spring training game. With plenty of standing room on the grass slopes behind the foul corners, some of the MLB exhibition games has exceeded 15,000. Three or so rows of box seats were added behind home plate some time in the last few years. Satellite photos reveal a blue area in foul territory beyond third base, which may be a pool or just tarpaulin. A study in 2003 by Major League Baseball found that Cashman Field was inadequate in almost every respect, especially the undersized locker rooms and poor quality turf. This finding undermined hopes that Las Vegas might become the next home of the Montreal Expos, who ended up in Washington. It also gave ammunition to the owners of the Las Vegas AAA club, who want the city or state to help pay for a brand new ballpark, even though this one is only 23 years old.

In 2019, the Las Vegas 51s moved into a new stadium on the west side of Las Vegas, and changed their name to the "Aviators." Cashman Field was then converted into a soccer stadium, and the square outline of the stadium made for a quite suitable fit.


FAN TIPS: Bruce Orser

Cashman Field:
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NOTE: The diagram thumbnails have been continually replaced since 2008, so the images seen in the older blog posts do not reflect how the full-size diagrams looked at that time. Roll your mouse over the adjacent thumbnail to see a pre-2008 version.

Cashman Field
09 Mar 2006 18 Jul 2020

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