The battle for supremacy in the highest level of Minor League Baseball will be coming to the new Las Vegas Ballpark in 2020.
The Ephesus Sports Lighting Triple-A National Championship Game will be played at the Las Vegas Ballpark on September 22, 2020, featuring the champions from the Pacific Coast League and International League. The game will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports 1, Triple-A Baseball announced.
Prior to becoming a one-game showdown in 2006, the two league champions competed in the best-of-five Las Vegas Triple-A World Series at Cashman Field from 1998–2000.
“We are extremely excited to be the host city for this game,” Las Vegas Aviators President and COO Don Logan said. “This event has now come full circle as Las Vegas was host to the Triple-A World Series for three years from 1998–2000. The Las Vegas Ballpark will serve as a great venue for this winner-take-all contest that will determine the champion.”
This year’s championship game will be September 17 at AutoZone Park in Memphis, Tennessee, the home of the St. Louis Cardinals’ affiliate Memphis Redbirds.
“We are really pleased to bring a premier event to town,” Pacific Coast League President Branch Rickey said. “To give Triple-A Baseball the chance to show off the new Las Vegas Ballpark on national TV and brag just a bit on how far baseball has advanced in Southern Nevada.”
The Triple-A championship game has been played for 13 years, with the Pacific Coast League holding an 8-5 lead in the series, including wins in five of the past seven seasons.
International League President Randy Mobley said, “Triple-A Baseball has a history of playing special games in Las Vegas dating back to the 1990 Triple-A All-Star Game and the Triple-A World Series. With the opening of the fabulous Las Vegas Ballpark this year it’s time for us to return with our season-culminating championship game. Las Vegas can host events like nowhere else and we look forward to seeing how the Aviators’ organization puts its own unique mark on the game.”