For over five decades Anaheim, CA has been the home to a team and stadium, each, with three different names. The nickname, the Angels, has remained the same but the stadium has changed dramatically since its opening. The Angels began playing in Los Angeles in 1961 as an expansion franchise, founded by owner Gene Autry. They initially played at Los Angeles’ Wrigley Field as a new stadium for the team had yet to be constructed. A number of sites were studied as possible locations for a new stadium for the Angels. The team decided to build a ballpark on a 140 acre site in Anaheim due to its proximity to Disneyland and major freeways. Construction of the stadium, originally known as Anaheim Stadium, began on August 31, 1964. During this time the Angels moved from LA Wrigley Field to Dodger Stadium where they played for four seasons.
Since its opening in 1966 Anaheim Stadium had been the home to many other events other than baseball, including football. In the 1970s the Los Angeles Rams (NFL) began looking to move to Anaheim Stadium from the Los Angeles Coliseum. Anaheim Stadium was expanded by the 1980 season, becoming a multipurpose stadium, home of the Angels and Rams. The stadium was enclosed as nearly 23,000 seats were added increasing the seating capacity to 65,158. A new scoreboard was installed on the facade of the outfield roof because the “Big A” scoreboard was moved to the parking lot. New executive and media boxes, and a new sound system was added.
Tenant: Los Angeles Angels (MLB)