Anaheim Leaders Report Encouraging First Meeting With Angels Over Stadium Lease
By: Heather McRea
Date: November 15, 2019
“Anaheim leaders say their first sit-down with Angels Baseball representatives was productive, as they work toward negotiating a lease agreement to keep the ball club using the city’s stadium.
No details were given about the Friday, Nov. 15, meeting; the Anaheim City Council will be briefed in closed session at its Tuesday, Nov. 19, meeting.
“The talks were productive and encouraging,” Mayor Harry Sidhu, the City Council’s representative on the city’s negotiating team, said in a statement. “Both sides have spent much of 2019 preparing to sit down together, and that showed at this meeting. While we still have work ahead of us, this meeting was positive for baseball in Anaheim and for our residents.”
Angels spokeswoman Marie Garvey said, “We were pleased to sit down with the negotiating team for productive talks and look forward to continuing discussions.”
The Angels’ current lease for the stadium expires in 2029; the baseball organization has until Dec. 31 to alert the city if it wants to opt out early, which would mean just one more year in the ballpark.
“The city and the Angels expect to continue talking and working toward progress by year’s end,” the city’s release said. “Any final details would go before the City Council for open, public consideration and shared with the community beforehand.”
Team officials had notified the city in October 2018 they were opting out of the lease, but the City Council extended the lease and the time clock for negotiations in January.
In the months since, the city had an appraisal of the stadium and its parking lots completed – it has not been released publicly – and the Angels expanded the team responsible for looking at potential development of land around Anaheim’s stadium.
City officials have said development of some of the 155-acre stadium property could be a way to finance improvements to the park or even a new facility. A similar deal was made in 2018 with the Ducks to develop parking lots around Honda Center.
There is a vision for the spaces around the Honda Center and Angel Stadium to join the greater Platinum Triangle neighborhood as an entertainment and urban living destination.
The Angels have also been approached with the idea of relocating to an envisioned waterfront stadium in Long Beach, but team officials have said they are currently focused on Anaheim.”