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ANAHEIM, AS A CITY, IS ON THE BRINK AS A SPORTS MECCA
Published November 28, 1994
"Just as Disneyland, the Convention Center and Anaheim Stadium transformed the city's image a generation ago, Anaheim's destiny may forever be shaped over the next few months by an assortment of crucial decision and fanciful projects." Will Disney build its "massive resort"? Will the Rams "skip town?" And most importantly: "How can the city maintain its coveted reputation as a tourism and professional sports mecca?" City officials are studying whether to build a "lavish sports complex that would convert the Big A to a football-only stadium, include a new ballpark for the Angels, add restaurants, stores and a virtual-reality entertainment center and connect them around a park-like setting." There are also plans to link the Disneyland area to the proposed sports complex. In fact, Disney officials, happy with the success of the Ducks, "haven't closed the door on participating in the sports complex." Most city officials believe that even if the Rams leave, they would be able to attract another NFL team. Among other options the city is considering: Handing the management and operations of the Convention Center to a private operator; Creating a sports authority to oversee the Pond and stadiums (Lait & Woodyard, L.A. TIMES, 11/28).