Angels Baseball Returns For 2020 Season, Stadium Refresh Planned

Ashley Ludwig

ANAHEIM, CA — After months of talks, the Players' Association and Major League Baseball have reached an agreement for a 60 game season.

Spring training closed down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Three months later, after many meetings and much decision making, camps are set to open July 1 and games should start July 23 or 24.

The last hurdle to overcome was the part of the safety of playing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Still, changes are coming, and they will be significant in the league reports.

While many rumors swirl, one thing is sure: all games will be played without fans present.

Meanwhile, redevelopment plans for Angel Stadium are underway, according to the city. According to city spokesman Mike Lyster, the new proposal adds apartments and condominiums, stores, restaurants, and two hotels. The new redevelopment project hearkens to a refresh at Wrigley Field in Chicago, San Diego's Petco Park, and the Texas Rangers' Globe Life Field.

"For too long, the fate of baseball in Anaheim was unclear," Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu said in a Tuesday release. "Now, there is a clear path forward with this proposal for neighborhoods, parks, open spaces, shopping, dining, and entertainment, all built around baseball."

The project "has the potential to bring the great experiences of baseball cities such as San Diego or Chicago to Anaheim, and I look forward to reviewing it with my council colleagues," Sidhu said.

"Not only does this proposal speak to our vision for baseball in Anaheim, the investment it represents will help move our city past the economic impacts of coronavirus in years to come," Sidhu said.

City officials will "spend the next few weeks reviewing the plan and working with SRB Management representatives to finalize remaining agreements for the sale of the stadium site," said Mike Lyster, Anaheim's chief communications officer.

"We expect final plans and agreements to come before our (City Council) in late summer or early fall, with plenty of time for the public to learn more about them before that," Lyster said.

The proposal for a new or redeveloped stadium on 153 acres includes 5,175 apartments and condominiums, 2.7 million square feet of office space, 1.1 million square feet of retail stores, restaurants, and hotels.

The two hotels will have 843 rooms in total. The development will also include a 5-acre park and five more acres of community park space and 12,500 parking spaces in structures, on the streets, and underground.

Could there be a new stadium in the works?

The plan calls for either a full refurbishment of the existing Angel Stadium or a new 45,500- seat stadium built for the Los Angeles Angels on land next to the Orange (57) Freeway and the Santa Ana River.

City officials expect to hold public hearings on the plan in September or October.

City News Service, Patch Editor Ashley Ludwig, contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared on the Orange County Patch