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Angels Opt Out of Stadium Lease

October 16, 2018 - 2:06 pm

ANAHEIM (CNS) - The Anaheim Angels notified the city today the team is opting out of its lease at Angel Stadium, beginning an exploration of options for the team, which could negotiate a new lease to remain at the venue or seek out a new home.

"As we look to the future, we need the ability to continue to deliver a high-quality fan experience beyond what the original lease allows," Angels president John Carpino said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. "It is important that we look at all our options and how we can best serve our fans now and in the future."

A spokeswoman for the Angels told the paper that team officials would meet with city leaders after the upcoming election -- when a new mayor will be chosen -- to discuss options, which could include negotiating a new lease at the facility.

Current Mayor Tom Tait was critical of the team's lease proposals during negotiations four years ago, prompting the team to ultimately terminate the talks.

The Angels previously considered moves to neighboring Southern California cities, most notably Tustin. The team has played at the city-owned Angel Stadium since it opened in 1966.