The Los Angeles Angels are planning to opt-out of their stadium lease in Anaheim after the 2019 season, giving the team the freedom to possibly relocate.
Angels officials have notified the city they are exercising an option to cancel their lease, which included an opt-out clause that expired Tuesday, Oct. 16, team spokeswoman Marie Garvey said.
Though this gives the team the opportunity to leave, there is no guarantee that the Angels will be going in that direction.The plan is for team officials to meet with the new mayor and City Council after the Nov. 6 election to discuss the future, Garvey said.
The opt-out gives the team a chance to discuss their options once the 2019 season has concluded. An opt-in to the current contract would have locked the team in for the next 10 years; the 2029 season. The city owns the 45,000-seat stadium, where the Angels have played for more than 50 years.
“As we look to the future, we need the ability to continue to deliver a high-quality fan experience beyond what the original lease allows,” club president John Carpino said in a written statement. “It is important that we look at all our options and how we can best serve our fans now and in the future.”
“We do have options” for where the team could play long-term, Garvey said, but would not elaborate on where executives might be looking.
Anaheim spokesman Mike Lyster said in a statement that city leaders “don’t believe there is a better place for the team” than Anaheim.
“As fun as baseball is in Anaheim, this is a reminder that this is still a business. And we understand that the Angels need to preserve all options available,” Lyster said. “We welcome talking with the team about the future of baseball in Anaheim.”