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ANAHEIM BASEBALL STADIUM ON HOLD UNTIL FOOTBALL IS RESOLVED
Published June 5, 1995
Anaheim City Manager Jim Ruth said city officials won't move forward with a deal to build a new baseball stadium until they know whether an NFL franchise will be playing in Anaheim, according to the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. Marla Jo Fisher and Michele Himmelberg report the NFL said it won't consider placing a team in Orange County unless Anaheim Stadium is renovated to a football-only facility. The Angels' lease expires in 2001 and club officials have said they will explore other options if they do not have a new stadium deal. However, Disney's recent purchase of 25% of the Angels will delay any new stadium deal. This delay, combined with the "threat" of a new stadium and NFL franchise in Hollywood Park, could leave Anaheim Stadium "obsolete and vacant." Disney Sports Enterprises President Tony Tavares says Anaheim officials should move forward with the baseball facility: "It's more important to take care of what you've got than to worry about what you don't have" (Fisher & Himmelberg, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 6/2).