Anaheim extends Angel Stadium lease by 1 yr.

Vote buys time to discuss renovations or plans for a new ballpark

January 16th, 2019

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim City Council voted in favor of a one-year extension to the Angels' lease at Angel Stadium through the 2020 season late Tuesday, which gives both sides more time to discuss a potential new deal to either renovate the ballpark or build a new one.

The Angels, who have played at Angel Stadium since 1966, opted out of their stadium lease in October that would've run through the 2029 season. But new Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu met with Angels owner Arte Moreno last week, and the two agreed it made sense to extend the lease by one more year to give both sides more time to negotiate. The City Council approved the one-year extension with a 5-2 vote.

"We are thankful to Mayor Sidhu, [the] Anaheim City Council and city staff for the one-year extension," Angels president John Carpino said in a statement.

The Angels will continue to explore all opportunities, as Angel Stadium is the fourth-oldest ballpark in the Majors. But Sidhu said in a statement released by the city that he'd like to see the club remain in Anaheim.

"It is clear to me that the team's priority is to stay in Anaheim," Sidhu said in a statement. "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 benefits our residents, with a goal of keeping baseball in Anaheim for another 50 years or more."