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Angel Stadium of Anaheim

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Angel Stadium of Anaheim
The Big A
Angel Stadium
Facility Statistics
Location2000 Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, California 92806
Broke GroundAugust 31, 1964
OpenedApril 19, 1966
SurfaceGrass
OwnerCity of Anaheim
OperatorAngels Baseball LP
Construction Cost$24 million USD
$118 million USD (1997-1999 renovations)
ArchitectHOK Sport (Renovations), Walt Disney Imagineering (Renovations)
Former Names
Anaheim Stadium1966-1997
Edison International Field1997-2003
Tenants
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim1966-present
(expires 2018/2031)
Los Angeles Rams1981-1994
Seating Capacity
196643,000
197964,593
199733,851
199845,050
Posted Dimensions
1966-1972
Left Field333 ft / 101.5 m
Left-Center (shallow)366 ft / 111.6 m
Left-Center375 ft / 114.3 m
Left-Center (deep)393 ft / 119.8 m
Center Field406 ft / 123.7 m
Right-Center (deep)393 ft / 119.8 m
Right-Center375 ft / 114.3 m
Right-Center (shallow)366 ft / 111.6 m
Right Field333 ft / 101.5 m
1973 only
Left Field333 ft / 101.5 m
Left-Center (shallow)364 ft / 110.9 m
Left-Center369 ft / 112.5 m
Left-Center (deep)386 ft / 117.7 m
Center Field402 ft / 122.5 m
Right-Center (deep)386 ft / 117.7 m
Right-Center369 ft / 112.5 m
Right-Center (shallow)364 ft / 110.9 m
Right Field333 ft / 101.5 m
1974-1976
Left Field333 ft / 101.5 m
Left-Center (shallow)362 ft / 110.3 m
Left-Center371 ft / 113.1 m
Left-Center (deep)386 ft / 117.7 m
Center Field404 ft / 123.1 m
Right-Center (deep)386 ft / 117.7 m
Right-Center371 ft / 113.1 m
Right-Center (shallow)362 ft / 110.3 m
Right Field333 ft / 101.5 m
1977-1997
Left Field333 ft / 101.5 m
Left-Center (shallow)362 ft / 110.3 m
Left-Center370 ft / 112.8 m
Left-Center (deep)386 ft / 117.7 m
Center Field404 ft / 123.1 m
Right-Center (deep)386 ft / 117.7 m
Right-Center370 ft / 112.8 m
Right-Center (shallow)362 ft / 110.3 m
Right Field333 ft / 101.5 m
1998 only
Left Field330 ft / 100.5 m
Left-Center (shallow)365 ft / 111.3 m
Left-Center (deep)395 ft / 120.4 m
Center Field406 ft / 123.7 m
Right-Center 370 ft / 112.8 m
Right Field330 ft / 100.5 m
1999 to date
Left Field330 ft / 100.5 m
Left-Center387 ft / 118.0 m
Center Field400 ft / 121.9 m
Right-Center 370 ft / 112.8 m
Right-Center (shallow)365 ft / 111.3 m
Right Field330 ft / 100.5 m
Backstop60.5 ft / 18.4 m

Angel Stadium, originally Anaheim Stadium and later Edison International Field, is a Major League Baseball stadium located in Anaheim, California, and home to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of the American League.

The stadium is often referred to by its unofficial nickname The Big A.

History

Angel Stadium has been the home of the Angels since their move from Los Angeles. In 1964, ground was broken for Anaheim Stadium and in 1966, the Angels, then California Angels, moved into their new home after having spent four seasons renting Chavez Ravine Stadium from the Dodgers.

The general shape of the playing field was very similar to their previous home, except for having somewhat less foul territory. The seemingly over-precise dimensions (333 feet instead of 330, for example) were derived from a scientific study conducted by the Angels to try to formulate dimensions that were fairly balanced between pitcher, hitter and average weather conditions. The Angels tinkered with those dimensions several times, expanding or contracting parts of the outfield by a few feet here and there, to try to refine that balance. None of this seemed to matter to their Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, whose astonishing record of 7 career no-hitters included 2 in this ballpark, and who racked up 2,416 of his untouchable 5,714 career strikeouts record in a mere 8 seasons with the Angels. (Ryan stats from The Sporting News Baseball Record Book).

In the late 1970s, Los Angeles Rams owner Carroll Rosenbloom brokered a deal by which the Rams would move from Los Angeles to an expanded Anaheim Stadium. To add more seats for football games, the stadium was enclosed. As a result, the view of the local mountains and State Highway 57 was lost. Additionally, the 23-story, 240-ton Big A scoreboard that had stood in leftfield, and from whence the nickname for the stadium originated, was moved 1300 feet to the parking lot. The expansion was completed in time for the 1980 NFL season, and the Rams played in Anaheim Stadium from then until their move to St. Louis after the 1994 season.

In 1996, the City of Anaheim and The Walt Disney Company, owner of the Angels at the time, agreed to a new deal that would keep the Angels in Anaheim until 2031, with an option to leave the facility early in 2018. As part of the deal, the stadium would undergo an extensive renovation, returning the stadium to its original role as a baseball-only facility. The section of the stadium behind the outfield wall was demolished, replaced by smaller outfield pavilions and a large water fountain. Disney briefly considered moving the Big A scoreboard to its original location, but decided against such a move, citing costs. Despite the fact that much of the stadium was still a hard-hat zone, the demolition and construction being only half-completed, the Angels played their 1997 season in Anaheim.

In 1997 a sponsorship deal was reached with Edison International, giving it the naming rights over the stadium for 20 years, and during this time, the stadium was referred to as the Big Ed. However, after the 2003 season, Edison International exercised its option to exit the sponsorship deal. On December 29, 2003, the Angels announced that from then on the stadium would be known as Angel Stadium (in full, Angel Stadium of Anaheim), although locals still refer to the stadium as Anaheim Stadium, and its original nickname The Big A was restored.

The field was host to Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in 1967 and again in 1989. It hosted the 2002 World Series, which the Angels won in dramatic fashion over the San Francisco Giants, finally winning one for their late and long-time owner, "Singing Cowboy" Gene Autry.

Missing image
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Opening day 2003

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