‘Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’ Could Be No More
The Anaheim City Council is expected to vote Tuesday to enter lease negotiations with the Angels that could keep the team in the city through 2057 but enable the team to drop the clumsy “of Anaheim” suffix from its name.
Under the proposed deal, the Angels — and not the city — would pay for a major renovation of Angel Stadium. In return, Angels owner Arte Moreno would rent land surrounding the stadium for $1 per year and secure development rights to that land for at least 66 years.
The Angels can opt out of their stadium lease in 2016. The vote Tuesday would extend that opt-out window through 2019, giving the team and the city additional time to negotiate a complex deal.
The two sides already have agreed that the Angels will have sole control over the team name, according to a memorandum posted on the city’s website.
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