March 23, 1998 |
Two years ago, the city of Anaheim appeared to risk losing its baseball team to protect the future of a football team that did not exist. Today, as the baseball team prepares for the grand opening of its renovated ballpark, the city quietly has eliminated a football stadium from its blueprints. During the 1996 negotiations between Disney and the city, Anaheim officials fought fiercely for the right to build a football stadium adjacent to Anaheim Stadium, now Edison Field.
March 23, 1998 |
The cash registers start ringing at Disney's Baseball Land this week. The Walt Disney Co. and the city of Anaheim invite you to join the grand opening celebrations at the ballpark formerly known as Anaheim Stadium. That was $117 million ago, before barbecues and beer gardens, before luxury seats and dugout suites, before exploding waterfalls and cartoonish caps that could fit atop a small planet.
March 23, 1998
Some of the stages through which Anaheim Stadium passed during its 32 years, before becoming Edison Field this spring:
March 5, 1998 |
Edison International agreed to pay the Angels $28 million for the right to put its name on the renovated Anaheim Stadium. You can pay the Angels $75 for the same privilege. The Angels are constructing an actual-size infield on the entrance plaza to Edison Field, with green and orange bricks substituting for grass and dirt. For a $75 donation to the Angels' charitable foundation, the club will permanently inscribe your name, a company name or a personal message on one of those bricks.
February 28, 1998 |
Picket signs could ring Edison International Field of Anaheim if the union representing food service workers at the stadium cannot reach agreement on a new contract by the Angels' opening day. The contract between the union and Ogden Management expires next month, and a union official said management must retreat from a contract proposal calling for sharp cuts in wages and benefits.
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February 8, 1998 |
Corporate suites for $165,000? Nice touch. A rock mountain and pyrotechnics? Good items. But fans getting their a sneak peak at the ballpark being refurbished for the Anaheim Angels had questions of their own Saturday: "What about baked potatoes?" asked 12-year-old Heidi Mugar of Anaheim.
February 7, 1998
I would like to congratulate Jaime Jarrin for winning the Ford C. Frick Award and making the Hall of Fame. He introduced millions of Spanish-speaking fans to Dodger baseball over his 40-year career. Yet, to my dismay I also realize the Angels have no Spanish language radio broadcast. I could rattle off stats on the population or buying power of Latinos in Southern California, but that would be boring. I can only offer this: My grandparents, parents and I are all Dodger fans, even though we live closer to Anaheim Stadium.
February 7, 1998 |
When the Angels lift the curtain at their open house today, thousands of fans figure to peek inside Edison International Field of Anaheim and wonder: Is this a construction site or a major league ballpark? The field is a sea of mud. Most of the seats aren't installed. Construction workers saw, drill and pound relentlessly.
January 31, 1998 |
There was a buzz around the Rotary Club meeting in Temecula Wednesday. "This is big," Rotary member David Frank said. "People have come from Murrieta . . . and Elsinore." The attraction? The Angels were in town, or at least a few of them. Infielders Dave Hollins and Gary DiSarcina, catcher Todd Greene and coach Joe Maddon had traveled 50-some miles, although not all were clear on the concept. "Why are we here?" Hollins asked DiSarcina. Baseball, Dave. Or rather, the selling of the game.
December 12, 1997 |
International soccer clubs could visit Anaheim Stadium next year as part of a two-game exhibition series Major League Soccer hopes to stage in partnership with the Walt Disney Co. MLS Commissioner Doug Logan met this week with Tony Tavares, president of Disney's Anaheim Sports division, to discuss playing two exhibition games in the renovated stadium in 1998 and perhaps four in 1999, Logan said Thursday.