Las Vegas Ballpark to stage MiLB spectacle


Las Vegas ballpark to host inaugural baseball weekend Image: MiLB

The Minor League Baseball (MiLB) has announced that the Las Vegas Aviators will host the inaugural Triple-A Triple Championship Weekend from September 30th through October 2nd, 2022, at the Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin, Nevada (US).

The ‘MiLB’ stated that the three-game series will begin with the division winners of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League squaring off for the league championship on September 30th at 7:05 p.m. PST/10:05 p.m. ET.

Minor League Baseball (MiLB) refers to professional baseball below Major League Baseball (MLB), including teams affiliated with MLB clubs and independent baseball leagues consisting of teams with no affiliation.

Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization and the oldest major professional sports league in the world. As of 2022, a total of 30 teams play in Major League Baseball – 15 teams in the National League and 15 in the American League – with 29 in the United States and 1 in Canada.

The Las Vegas Aviators, formerly known as the Las Vegas 51s and Las Vegas Stars, are a Minor League Baseball team of the Pacific Coast League and the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. They are located in Summerlin South, Nevada, a community in Las Vegas (US).

The 10,000-capacity Las Vegas Ballpark is a baseball stadium in Summerlin South, Nevada in the Las Vegas Valley (US). It is the home field for the Las Vegas Aviators of the Pacific Coast League. The stadium is owned by the Howard Hughes Corporation.

The Triple-A National Championship Game, previously known as the Bricktown Showdown, is a single championship game held annually between the league champions of the International League (IL) and the Pacific Coast League (PCL) affiliated Triple-A leagues of Minor League Baseball (MiLB) to determine an overall champion of the classification. With the exceptions of 2020 and 2021, the game has been held at the end of each season since 2006.

In 2022, the game will be the culmination of a three-day event called the Triple-A Triple Championship Weekend in which league champions of the IL and PCL are determined on the first two days, and the Triple-A National Champion is crowned on the third.

The ‘MiLB’ further stated that on October 1st, the International League division winners will meet to determine the International League champion at 6:05 p.m. PT/9:05 p.m. ET.

The two league champions will play on October 2nd at 4:05 p.m. PT/7:05 p.m. ET to crown the overall Triple-A National Champion.

Maintained Morgan Sword, Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice-President (EVP), Baseball Operations, “This new playoff system to determine an overall champion will create an exciting finish to the Triple-A season. We appreciate the Las Vegas Aviators hosting this inaugural event and we look forward to an exciting weekend of championship-caliber baseball at one of MiLB’s premier ballparks.”

The Las Vegas Ballpark was slated to host the 2020 Triple-A National Championship Game, and the Aviators jumped at the opportunity to stage the showcase event in 2022.

Exulted Aviators President and Chief Operations Officer (COO) Don Logan, “We’re very excited to host the Triple-A Triple Championship Weekend as the Las Vegas Ballpark has been built to host events like this. It will be great to bring our Triple-A brethren together and crown a champion in this new and exciting format.”

Since the Triple-A National Championship Game’s inception in 2006, the Pacific Coast League has won nine of the 15 winner-take-all games against the International League, with the Sacramento River Cats defeating the Columbus Clippers 4-0 in the most recent Championship Game in 2019. The Durham Bulls had the overall best record among the 30 Triple-A teams in 2021, but a traditional postseason was not scheduled due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

The National Championship team will receive a cash prize to be split among their players.

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