Angel Stadium is located at 2000 E Gene Autry Way, in Anaheim, California. Angel Stadium was originally called Anaheim Stadium until 1997, and later Edison International Field of Anaheim until 2003. The ballpark is a modern style stadium and home of Major League Baseball team the Los Angeles Angels, and previously the Los Angeles Rams football team. The stadium is often referred to by its unofficial name, The Big A.
Construction on the park began and ground was broken on August 31st, 1964, the stadium was officially opened to the public on April 16th, 1966. The stadium is owned by the City of Anaheim and operated by Angels Baseball LP. The cost of building the stadium was originally $24 million and the park underwent extensive renovations at a cost of $118 million, between 1997 and 1999.
The stadium was built on a 160 acre parcel of land and has been the home of the Angels since their move from Los Angeles, California. Angel Stadium was built on a portion of land that had once been used for agricultural purposes in the southeast portion of Anaheim. The overall dimensions of the stadium came from a scientific study done by the Angels. The team attempted to formulate dimensions that would balance the weather conditions between the pitcher and hitter.
Angel Stadium was designed by the HOK Sport architectural firm and renovations were done by Disney Imagineering. The stadium has a total seating capacity of 45,050 people and has a grass playing surface. The dimensions of the field are as follows; left field 330 feet, left-center field 387 feet, center field 400 feet, right-center 370 feet, right-center (shallow) 365 feet, right-field 330 feet and the backstop is 60.5 feet. Tenants of the stadium in the past have been California Surf, the Freedom Bowl, the Los Angeles Rams, the Southern California Sun and currently the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
The stadium underwent major renovations during the winter of 1997. Renovations included the addition of outfield bleacher pavilions, a video display board and an out-of-town scoreboard below right field seating. The multicolored seats were removed and replaced with green seats and the exterior of the stadium was also renovated. Concrete structures and ramps were painted green and sandstone, and much of the old fazade was torn down to give the structure a more open feeling. The most notable addition of the renovations was the "California Spectacular,'' which features gushing geysers, a steam cascade, real trees and a surrounding plaza.
Angel Stadium has hosted many prestigious sporting events such as the All-Star Games, World Series playoffs and several games of the World Baseball Classic. The stadium has also been the site for the major motion films The Naked Gun and Angels in the Outfield. Visiting Angel Stadium is a great way to enjoy family fun, view statues and displays of notable baseball figures of the past or enjoy a baseball game with family or friends.