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Posted on: January 10, 2019

Mayor Sidhu proposes one-year Angels extension, Council set to consider on Tuesday

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 10, 2019) — Anaheim’s City Council on Tuesday is set to consider a one-year stadium lease extension for Angels Baseball initiated by Mayor Harry Sidhu following a recent meeting between him and team owner Arte Moreno.

The proposed extension would run through the end of 2020 and give the city and the team time to negotiate a potential long-term lease that works for Anaheim and the Angels.

“Last week, I met with Angels owner Arte Moreno,” Mayor Sidhu said. “From that meeting, it is clear the team’s priority is to stay in Anaheim, if we can work out a deal that benefits our residents, the city and the team. We need a plan to make that happen, and we need time to make that happen.”

The proposal would extend the team’s lease at Angel Stadium of Anaheim by 14 months, from a current end date of October 2019.

On Oct. 15, 2018, the Angels exercised a one-year opt-out provision, putting the team’s future at Angel Stadium beyond this year in question.

The proposed extension fulfills a pledge Sidhu made before being elected mayor in November.

“I pledged I would make keeping the Angels one of my top priorities,” Sidhu said. “I’m asking my City Council colleagues on Tuesday to consider a one-year extension. This will give us time to find a deal that first benefits our residents as well as the city and the team, with a goal of keeping baseball in Anaheim for another 50 years or more.”

The extension, if approved, is expected to be the first step toward negotiating a new, long-term lease for the Angels in Anaheim, which has been the city’s home since 1966.

Key Dates

  • Current lease: 1996 through 2029
  • Angels submit opt-out notice: Oct. 15, 2018
  • Early lease end date: Oct. 16, 2019
  • Proposed extension through: Dec. 31, 2020

Details of any potential new lease are expected to come within the year and go 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.”

Learn more about the Platinum Triangle here.

Mayor Sidhu full statement on proposed lease extension

In the final weeks before the November election, the Angels, having few or no options, opted out of their lease at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. That means this upcoming season could be the team’s last here. I pledged I would make keeping the Angels one of my top priorities if elected mayor.

Last week, I met with Angels owner Arte Moreno. From that meeting, it is clear the team’s priority is to stay in Anaheim, if we can work out a deal that benefits our residents, the city and the team. We need a plan to make that happen, and we need time to make that happen.

I’m asking my City Council colleagues on Tuesday to consider a one-year extension to the current Angels lease, through the end of 2020. This will give us time to find a deal that first benefits residents as well as the city and the team with a goal of keeping baseball in Anaheim for another 50 years or more.

The people of Anaheim want the Angels to stay. We love our Angels! 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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