LA Angels News: New Ballpark Plans Could Be Revealed Soon
The Los Angeles Angels and owner Arte Moreno are expected to unveil plans into the future of Angel Stadium within the next month.
After spending their first four seasons renting space at Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Angels have been playing their home games at Angels Stadium (and its various incarnations) every year since 1966. However, we may know the future of the Angels’ home park in the near future.
According to a report by Bill Skakin of the Los Angeles Times, Arte Moreno’s SRB Management group is finalizing plans for what they intend to do with the property that currently encompasses Angel Stadium and its various parking lot. The plans are expected to be submitted to the Los Angeles city council no later than May 30th.
Moreno and the city came to an agreement on a potential sale of the stadium and the 153-acre property for $325 million pending the approval of plans for the parcel in December. That cost could come down a bit if Moreno hits certain requirements for the property. Ideally, the city would like to see a multi-use development in place, including affordable housing in addition to the standard shopping, hotels, offices, and open-air space for recreational purposes.
What that doesn’t include though is a definitive outlook as to whether the team intends to simply renovate Angel Stadium or replace it altogether. What we do know is that if the deal is finalized, it will include an agreement between the two parties that would require the Angels to stay in Anaheim through 2050.
Angel Stadium has held up fairly well over the years, and despite its age has the feel of some of the more modern ballparks in the league. It last underwent major renovations in 1998, which included the installation of the rock formation, the California Spectacular.
Any renovations or construction should be an interesting development, to say the least. With Los Angeles set to host the 2028 Summer Olympics, Angel Stadium was slated to see both baseball and softball events held at the park.
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Regardless of the plans, any upgrades to the park and the promise of the Angels remaining in Anaheim will be welcome news to fans of the team. We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes known.