The Angels apparently have decided to stick with their current stadium situation in Anaheim. The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that team owner Arte Moreno said the Angels now plan on playing in aging Angel Stadium through 2028. According to the Times, that’s when the team’s lease at the 51-year-old stadium runs out, although Moreno has until October 2018 to exercise an escape clause that would terminate the lease after the 2019 season.
With less than two months until the first game is scheduled to be played at SunTrust Park, the Atlanta Braves’ new stadium in Cumberland, construction crews are working on the ballpark’s final touches. Mike Plant, the Braves’ president of development, said this week that much of the work being done at the ballpark in February will focus on the installation of furniture and equipment as well as the smaller odds and ends that need to get done before Opening Day.
We welcome another new ballpark to Major League Baseball in 2017, as the Atlanta Braves move from Turner Field, their home from 1997-2016, to SunTrust Park. SunTrust is a slightly smaller venue than Turner was; it measures just 375 feet to right-center field and 325 down the right-field line, which is 15 and 5 feet shorter than those same measurements at Turner. The tradeoff, however, is that those fences are twice the height, measuring 16 feet compared to 8 at Turner, and the distance to left-center field is 5 feet deeper (385-380) than at Turner.
Those fighting to keep the Astrodome from the wrecking ball and obsolescence won a major victory. The Texas State Historical Commission unanimously approved a measure to have the dome designated as a state antiquities landmark. “We thought it would never happen, but we never gave up,” said Cynthia Neely. “There were roadblocks. It cost us money. It cost us tons of time.”