ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2019) — Anaheim’s City Council on Tuesday approved a 14-month extension for the Angels at the city-owned Angel Stadium of Anaheim, ensuring the team will play in Anaheim through 2020 and allowing time for both sides to talk about a new, potential long-term lease.
The vote cancels a lease opt-out the Angels exercised in October 2018 that meant the team wouldn't play in Anaheim after October 2019. The team, which has called Anaheim home since 1966, now will remain at Angel Stadium through at least December 2020.
The additional time is set to allow both sides time to discuss a new lease that benefits Anaheim's residents and works for the city and the Angels.
"It is clear to me that the team’s priority is to stay in Anaheim," Mayor Harry Sidhu said. "We need a plan to make that happen, and we need time to make that happen. This will give us time to find a deal that first benefits our residents, with a goal of keeping baseball in Anaheim for another 50 years or more.”
Details of any potential new lease are expected to come within the year and will be shared with the community before going before Anaheim’s City Council for approval.
As with November’s 25-plus-year lease extension with the Anaheim Ducks hockey team at Honda Center, keeping the Angels in Anaheim is central to building on the vision of the Platinum Triangle, the 820-acre around the stadium and arena.
The Platinum Triangle is seeing more than $1 billion in current and planned investment to add urban-style homes, restaurants, shops and entertainment, as seen around stadiums and arenas in Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and across the country.
“We are looking to work with our partners in the Platinum Triangle to keep realizing this vision, with all the economic benefits it will bring to our city and residents,” Sidhu said. “There are only 30 Major League Baseball teams in the nation, and being home to one is a huge asset to any city.”
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Learn more about the Platinum Triangle here.