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The Big A: Our House

For more than 50 years, Angel Stadium of Anaheim — the Big A — has hosted some epic moments in sports, and Anaheim, history.APA_130517_405 small

Think Nolan Ryan's no-hitters of the 1970s, the 2002 World Series, the 2010 All-Star game and the thrill of Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani today. 

Then there have been amazing concerts, from the Beach Boys and Rolling Stones to Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper. And don’t forget Supercross, Monster Jam and other great events.

We’re starting to think about the next 50-plus years of the Big A, the city-owned stadium. But that will take some time.

So for now, we’ve taken a first step. Our City Council has approved a one-year extension for Angels Baseball at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, through 2020. That will give both sides time to sit down and talk about a deal that works for everyone.

For Anaheim, we’re looking for a new lease that benefits our residents, businesses and visitors by helping us realize the vision of the Platinum Triangle — the area around the stadium and Honda Center. And, of course, it has to work for the Angels and all the team's fans.

You can find out more below. As things progress, we'll update this site with more details.

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What did the City Council approve?

In short, an additional year for the Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In October 2018, the Angels exercised an option that put baseball at the stadium in question beyond October 2019.

On Jan. 15, 2019, the City Council voted 5-2 to extend the Angels at the stadium through the end of 2020.

You can read the staff report here.

Why?

The extra time allows the city and the Angels a chance to sit down and talk about a potential new long-term lease, like the team has had since 1966.

Any new lease has to be good for our residents, the city and the team. Trying to get that done by October would be rushed.

In 2018, we approved a new long-term agreement with the operators of Honda Center and the Anaheim Ducks hockey team that keeps the team here for 25-plus years. The deal brings added revenue for Anaheim and is great for our city. But it still took the better part of a year to work out. 

The added time allows us to explore a deal that's best for Anaheim and the Angels.

Why did the Angels exercise an opt-out option?

Like any business, the team had to protect options available to them, or lose them. The team is looking for clarity about its future at Angel Stadium. We see it as a chance to figure that out together.

Are you considering a new lease?

In 2019, we expect to sit down with the Angels and talk about a potential long-term lease. As we do, we will share details with the community as we are able. Should a deal take shape, we will share details before an agreement comes before our City Council.

Aren't you just giving the team more time to find another place to play?

We've approved a limited, one-year extension as a good faith effort for a partnership that has spanned five decades.

We believe the Angels are approaching it the same way and that it is clear the team's priority is Anaheim, where they draw more than 3 million fans a year.

Is the team paying more to stay longer?

The item approved by our Council continues the team's lease under the current terms with no additional payment. Instead, it guarantees another year of baseball and the prospect of a long-term commitment, with all the economic benefit that brings to Anaheim.

Is the team talking to other cities? 

We are talking with the Angels, and that is what Anaheim is focused on. We believe there is no better place for the team to play than right here in Anaheim.

Who would negotiate a new lease?

The city of Anaheim and the ownership and management team at the Angels, with outside help and consultation as needed.

What would a new lease look like?

We are too early for specifics. But, from Anaheim's perspective, a new lease likely would be part of our vision for the Platinum Triangle, the 820-acre area around the stadium and Honda Center. 

The Platinum Triangle continues to evolve into an exciting place with urban-style homes, restaurants, shops and offices. And we want to see more of that for the ongoing benefit it brings to our residents. We have the chance to create something special, and advantageous, for Anaheim.

As underutilized parking lots and industrial space are developed, it brings new revenue from property and sales taxes in the Platinum Triangle. That goes directly to police, fire, libraries, parks and other community services.

Are you going to lease the land for $1 a year like I heard in 2013?

No. 2013 was six years ago, and we are not looking to reopen what was a divisive issue on an earlier City Council.

Today, we have a new Council with a fresh perspective. 

While it's too early to talk about any potential lease that may come, we would value land at market prices in a deal that makes good economic sense for our residents and our city.

Our recent agreement with Honda Center and the Anaheim Ducks is a good example. You can learn more at Anaheim. net/HCNext25.

Is the team going to change its name back? 

We are focused on big issues, including enhancing Angel Stadium, or maybe even a new stadium, and realizing the vision of the Platinum Triangle.  

We know the name issue still registers with many in our community. But it was settled in court a decade ago and isn't our focus today with a lot of other big issues to tackle.

When will we hear more about a potential new lease?

We hope to sit down with the Angels in coming months and come up with a framework. We would hope to have details to share later this year and throughout 2019 and 2020.