The largest question after Anaheim officers’ choice Tuesday evening to void the Angel Stadium sale: Now what?
Will the Angels transfer away? Will town look for different methods to develop the stadium property? Will the 2 sides begin speaking once more, at the least after they type out whether or not they’re going to sue one another?
It’s too early to know what the long-term consequence will probably be, however Long Beach already seems to be positioning itself to catch a staff that could be on the rebound.
“The Long Beach waterfront downtown has always been the perfect location for a major league sports stadium,” Mayor Robert Garcia mentioned in an e-mail Wednesday. “If any sports team is interested in engaging the city, we would welcome those discussions.”
Some Angels followers on social media preferred the sound of Long Beach, others instructed proprietor Arte Moreno may transfer the staff to Las Vegas or San Antonio, and a few may not miss Anaheim if a transfer did pan out.
“Most stadiums are in a downtown area… like an overwhelming majority. The location is bad, there’s nothing exciting or unique about it. It’s not even iconic. No upgrade could help. Just start over,” Adam Aranda, who lives in Placentia, mentioned on Twitter.
But a transfer in the close to future seems unlikely.
“I think the biggest concern among the public is what’s the future of baseball in Anaheim, and I’ve assured them that we are still in a lease” that lasts by means of 2029, Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Trevor O’Neil mentioned Wednesday.
O’Neil is now standing in as mayor, after a wild week in which an FBI investigation of Mayor Harry Sidhu – and a few of his alleged actions relating to the stadium deal – got here to gentle and Sidhu subsequently resigned from office. (Sidhu has not been charged with something and his legal professional has mentioned a good investigation would disprove allegations.)
There should still be a authorized mess to untangle. Last Friday, Angels officers informed Anaheim they’d handled town in good religion and demanded that the sale be accomplished by June 14; town responded Wednesday with a letter disputing that an “arms-length negotiation” had taken place and saying the Angels ought to acknowledge the deal is void.
The metropolis’s transfer to cancel the deal was not stunning to some observers.
“I think the handwriting was on the wall when they (the council) asked the mayor to resign,” Ballpark Digest writer Kevin Reichard mentioned. “Overcoming the taint of corruption is just going to be too hard even if the Angels are perfectly innocent.”
However engaging the concept of a shiny new ballpark could be, Reichard thinks the Angels in all probability wouldn’t transfer – and in the event that they did, it wouldn’t be far.
“Any broadcast deal would get them a tenth of what they have in Los Angeles,” he mentioned. “The most money they can make is staying in the existing market.”
Marie Garvey, a spokeswoman for Angels Baseball and stadium purchaser SRB Management, the company Moreno put collectively for the deal, mentioned in a press release Wednesday that they’re “currently exploring all of our options.”
Maury Brown, a sports activities business reporter for Forbes, agreed with Reichard that the chances of the staff leaving Anaheim seem minimal, though “I’m sure the Angels will saber-rattle and talk about relocation.”
One benefit Anaheim boasts is the 150-acre stadium website that’s largely parking tons. The now-nixed deal would have allowed SRB to develop hundreds of residences and condos, plus resorts, places of work and retail house.
That ancillary improvement is “what this deal is about,” Brown mentioned. “Arte Moreno can make a large sum of money with development around a ballpark on days when there are Angels games and outside of that.”
Reichard mentioned as soon as Anaheim and Angels Baseball can put a ways between themselves and the allegations in the investigation, “of course they’re going to come back together” and restart talks.
If that occurs, state Sen. Tom Umberg, D-Santa Ana – whose thirty fourth District contains Anaheim – mentioned he believes an unbiased negotiator with experience in the problems concerned ought to characterize town, as a result of the federal investigation has put a cloud over present metropolis officers.
Umberg mentioned he’s very assured town will be capable to negotiate a brand new deal to maintain the Angels taking part in in Anaheim – whether or not by figuring out a brand new gross sales deal or persevering with to lease the land.
Councilman Jose Moreno mentioned Wednesday that because the council charts a path ahead for the stadium property, it may contemplate asking a number of builders for proposals for totally different chunks of the 150-acre website as an alternative of going with one grasp developer. Any proposals ought to embrace some inexpensive housing, he added.
And if the Angels had been to depart, Moreno mentioned he believes town may negotiate with “another entity that might be interested,” whether or not that’s a baseball or soccer staff or another sport.
“We’re not chopped liver here, we’re Anaheim – we bring 25 million tourists per year, we have the Honda Center, we have the Ducks, we have Disneyland,” Moreno mentioned. “Who wouldn’t want to come here?”