Rockies, Royals face off in Las Vegas during 2023 spring training

There hasn’t been a lot of offseason news for the Colorado Rockies or the Kansas City Royals. However, it has been announced that both teams will be playing in Sin City this spring.

MLB has announced that the Colorado Rockies will face off the Kansas City Royals on March 18-19 at Las Vegas Ballpark, home of the Las Vegas Aviators, the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.

Colorado Rockies have some history in Las Vegas, while the Kansas City Royals will be starting their own

This will be the fourth spring training appearance for the Rockies in Las Vegas. The other three appearances were in 2000, facing off against the Philadelphia Phillies and Athletics, 2003 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and 2009 versus the Seattle Mariners. On the other side, this will be Kansas City’s first appearance at Las Vegas Ballpark.

It should be a nice welcoming for the only homegrown Las Vegan from both teams, Kris Bryant. Bryant didn’t play much of his first full season with the Colorado Rockies due to back and foot injuries. Although, he did post some good numbers when healthy, slashing .306/.376/.475, and playing 42 games with 160 at-bats, 49 hits, 5 home runs, and 14 RBI. The Bonanza High School product is hoping for a bounce back season this 2023, and playing in his home state should be exciting and a great start for the new season.

Lastly, this should be another interesting move for Major League Baseball to have some games in Las Vegas because there has been a lot of speculation over the years of relocating the Athletics to Sin City or bringing in a MLB team. According to MiLB, the Las Vegas Aviators were ranked ninth in total fan attendance with an average of 6,910. Professional sports in Las Vegas has exploded in recent years, with the NHL expanding with the Las Vegas Golden Knights in 2017, relocating the Las Vegas Aces from San Antonio in 2018, and the Las Vegas Raiders moving from Oakland in 2020.

By the way, before Colorado and Kansas City square off, Oakland meets the Cincinnati Reds in Las Vegas as part of the first Big League Weekend on March 4-5.