Another day, another big league team looking to upgrade their playing field. Yay.
The Los Angeles Angels have opted out of their lease with the city of Anaheim on Tuesday, meaning that they will go through another round of negotiations over whether the team will stay or move elsewhere in Southern California.
Somehow, Angel Stadium in Anaheim is the fourth-oldest ballpark in the league. Opening in 1966, only Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Dodger Stadium are older.
"As we look into the future, we need the ability to continue to deliver a high-quality fan experience beyond what the original lease allows," Angels president John Carpino said in a statement. "It is important that we look at all our options and how we can best serve our fans now and in the future."
In order to get negotiations underway, Angels spokeswoman Marie Garvey said that the team was forced to opt out no later than Tuesday or else they'd have to wait until 2028 for another chance to do so.
The Angels announced that they are opting out of their stadium lease in Anaheim.— Maria I. Guardado (@mi_guardado) October 16, 2018
While the Angels and the city of Anaheim are believed to be focused on a stadium that would hold 37,000 guests and cost around $700 million, city officials said that they would not provide taxpayer funding for stadium construction.
"We understand the realities of California," Garvey said. "There is a significant investment involved either way."
It looks like we'll have to wait and see what the Angels decide to do. Now they have options.