SBD/December 14, 2012/Facilities

Angels Converting Press Box Into Luxury Seating Area In Effort To Create More Revenue

The Angels are "in the process of converting their press box to a luxury seating area that will feature upgraded dining opportunities and amenities for about 80 fans, a move that will push writers covering the team to a new press box down the right-field line in Angel Stadium," according to Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. TIMES. There will be "no changes to the radio and television broadcast booths, which will remain on the club level behind home plate, or in the Diamond Club restaurant and seating areas on the lower level behind home plate." Angels VP/Communications Tim Mead said, "It really boils down to building revenue streams and finding as many ways as possible to grow. In talking to other teams, the seating behind home plate is a prime area to do things" (LATIMES.com, 12/13).

ANGEL EYES: CBSSPORTS.com's Matt Snyder examined the "battle for L.A." between the Angels and Dodgers and broke down the "tale of the tape" in several areas, including the team's home ballparks. Angel Stadium of Anaheim was "once Anaheim Stadium, a '60s-'70s style cookie-cutter yard that housed the NFL's Rams in addition to the Angels." It then was "completely revamped into a baseball-only stadium prior to the 1997 season, most notably the trees, rocks and cascades in the outfield." But now, the Dodgers are "making $100 million worth of renovations to Dodger Stadium." Snyder: "Still, I lean toward Anaheim due to the aesthetic scene in the outfield" (CBSSPORTS.com, 12/13).
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