Angels 'in Talks' Regarding Potential Move to Long Beach

Ruben Hill
February 27, 2019

The Long Beach Post is reporting that the team is in talks with city officials about a possible move.

Members of the Long Beach City Council were first informed about the possibility of the Angels relocating to Long Beach during a closed session discussion on February 5.

The stadium would potentially be constructed on a roughly 13-acre lot southeast of the Long Beach Arena and Performing Arts Center, according to the news website the Long Beach Post, citing several sources familiar with the discussions.

Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu released a statement saying in part that the city is "confident that the best place for the Angels is and always will be Anaheim".

The lot is known as the "Elephant Lot" because it was the site of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus when it performed in Long Beach.

The Angels have been playing in Anaheim's Angel Stadium since 1966, making it the fourth-oldest ballpark in the major leagues, and they have made it clear that they want a new facility. They opted out of their stadium lease in October 2018 after failing to negotiate a new lease with the city.

The team is expected to continue exploring potential new homes throughout Southern California, but renovating the current stadium or building a new one in Anaheim is also on the table.

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