The Los Angeles Angels are scheduled to play in Angel Stadium through the 2020 season after the City of Anaheim approved an extension to the lease late Tuesday night. Owner Arte Moreno exercised a one-year opt-out provision in October, casting doubt about the team's future in Anaheim. Relocating within Southern California or renovating Angel Stadium remain options down the line. City council approved the deal in a 5-2 vote, keeping the Angels in the only ballpark they've called home since 1966. Angel Stadium is the fourth-oldest home stadium in the major leagues.
"It is clear to me that the team's priority is to stay in Anaheim," Mayor Harry Sidhu said in a statement. "We need a plan to make that happen, and we need time to make that happen. This will give us time to find a deal that benefits our residents, with a goal of keeping baseball in Anaheim for another 50 years or more." Moreno previously proposed $150 million in renovations, paid for without the use of taxpayer funds, but the previous mayor rejected the proposal. Within Moreno's plan was a stipulation that he could develop - and pocket profits from - the surrounding land while adding only $1 per year to the stadium lease.