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Angels Might Be 'Of Anaheim' No Longer
In a vote on Tuesday, the Anaheim City Council will decide on a deal that would, among other things, allow the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to drop "of Anaheim" from their name.
According to the LA Times, the deal would also require that the team pay for a renovation to the stadium, and would allow them to rent the area surrounding the stadium. The area, a 50-acre parcel called "Stadium District," is worth about $300 million, reports Voice of OC.
The Angels took on the moniker "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim" back in 2005, after being purchased by Arte Moreno. The terms of the stadium lease required that the team have the word "Anaheim" in the name.
If the deal goes through, the team, would also collect tax revenue from any businesses in the Stadium District, including shops and hotels. They would rent the area for $1 a year, and have development rights for 66 years.
According to Voice of OC, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait hopes that "Anaheim" will stay in the team's name. He notes that when the deal to keep the word "Anaheim" in the team name went through, it was a boon to the city.
“The deal in 1996, which I voted against, the big benefit of that deal was getting the name,” he told the site. “The city lost much of that in the lawsuit and the rest of it in this deal. And again, what do we get in return? Where's the benefit to the Anaheim taxpayer?”