A's to open spring schedule against rival Giants

A's to open spring schedule against rival Giants

The A's will christen the 2015 Cactus League season in their new Spring Training home on March 3, with a scheduled afternoon contest against the World Series champion Giants at Hohokam Stadium.

It marks one of 15 games to be played next spring at the newly renovated 10,000-seat park in Mesa, Ariz., and the beginning of a 20-year agreement with the city. The A's also held Spring Training in Mesa from 1969-78 prior to a 33-year run at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

Hohokam received $26.9 million as part of a two-year renovation project, including the Fitch Park Minor League complex, and features the largest HD scoreboard in the Cactus League, as well as space for approximately 2,500 fans to sit on the grass berms surrounding the outfield -- a prime feature seen in most Cactus League parks, but one that was missing from Phoenix Muni.

The A's and Giants will play a total of seven spring games, including the traditional three-game Bay Bridge Series on April 2-4 leading up to the start of the regular season on April 6.

A's pitchers and catchers are slated to report on Feb. 19 and position players on Feb. 24, with the first full-squad workout scheduled for Feb. 25.

In addition, the A's will stage a free open house for fans at their new spring home Feb. 21, with a team workout scheduled for the same day while visitors can elect to choose a season seat.

Season tickets for the inaugural year at Hohokam Stadium are already available for purchase at athletics.com/spring. Prices range from $9 to $30 per game, while single-game tickets, to be dynamically priced, will go on sale Dec. 10.

Other home attractions during the Cactus League schedule include a meeting with the Dodgers on March 20 and a St. Patrick's Day game against the Padres on March 17. The A's will see the Angels three times, including twice at Hohokam (March 7, April 1) and will also welcome in former bench coach Chip Hale and his Arizona squad to their new home March 10.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.