FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CITY OF ANAHEIM TO ENTER LEASE CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS WITH ANGELS BASEBALL
ANAHEIM, CA – (Sept. 4, 2013) The Anaheim City Council last night approved two motions to formally enter negotiations with Angels Baseball that could keep the Major League Baseball franchise in Anaheim until at least 2036 as well as facilitate significant economic growth and job creation in California’s 10th largest city.
The City Council approved the framework of discussions that will guide the lease agreement discussions between the City and the Angels as well as approved an extension of the opt-out clause in the current lease agreement that will allow the parties ample time to negotiate.
The current lease agreement allows the Angels to opt-out no sooner than October 2016 and no later than February 2017. The amended clause extends the opt-out date to October 2019, allowing the additional time for formal negotiations.
“Angels Baseball has been an important contributor to the entire Anaheim community, and we hope they remain in Anaheim for years to come,” said Tom Morton, Executive Director, Convention, Sports and Entertainment for the City of Anaheim. “The Council’s direction gives us ample time and direction to begin discussions with the intent to come to a mutually beneficial agreement. There are many items to discuss, and we look forward to working with the Angels during this important time.”
Details of the non-binding discussion framework, approved by the City Council, can be found in the staff report, posted atwww.anaheim.net. It is important to note that the staff report and accompanying resolutions represent a starting point for negotiations between the parties, not a conceptual agreement to terms. Upon conclusion of the negotiations, any newly proposed lease agreement will be presented to the City Council for discussion, public input and potential approval.
The Angels have played in Angel Stadium of Anaheim since 1966. Angel Stadium of Anaheim , the fourth oldest stadium in Major League Baseball, has hosted three Major League Baseball All-Star Games during that tenure (1967, 1989, 2010), the 2002 World Series Champion team, and has been home to Hall of Famers, record setters and Rookies of the Year. The “Big A” has also hosted major entertainment events, including concerts by U2, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw in recent years, as well as the annual Harvest Crusade which draws more than 100,000 people over the course of a weekend.
Angel Stadium is a hallmark venue in the heart of Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle, and is within walking distance of Honda Center, a top 10 worldwide entertainment venue. In late 2014, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) will open as a regional transportation hub, increasing access and public transportation to Angel Stadium for the team’s millions of fans.
The City of Anaheim welcomes community input and has dedicated aweb page to provide information, and a link and phone line to provide comments. Email comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, or callers can dial (714) 765-5000.
ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and is one of California’s most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 346,000 residents and more than 2,900 City employees. The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.6 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, and the Professional Arena Soccer League Anaheim Bolts. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.