I have a dream: to visit every major league stadium in the nation.
Over the past couple of years this has become more and more difficult due to moving franchises, brand new billion-dollar ballparks, etc. But the quest continues. Recently, I found myself visiting family in Los Angeles and I made a quick stop at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
Angel Stadium has been home to the Angels since the 1966 season. Although the team has gone through a number of name changes over the years: Los Angeles Angels, California Angels, Anaheim Angels, and now Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), the stadium has held its ground. It’s located just a few blocks from Disneyland in a relaxed suburban area.
Originally designed to seat 43,000 fans, in the late 1970’s, Angel stadium underwent more reconstruction; this time to accommodate the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams, and seating increased to 65,000. The Rams skipped town to move to St. Louis in 1995, and the stadium was tweaked once again, settling on 45,000 for baseball.
Over the years, although the stadium itself has gone by many names (Anaheim Stadium, Edison International Field of Anaheim, and now Angel Stadium of Anaheim) many fans call it “The Big A.” In addition to baseball and football, the stadium has played host over the years to music acts such as Madonna, The Rolling Stones, and David Bowie. It’s the fourth-oldest active major league stadium and will host the 2010 MLB All Star Game.
Here are some of my impressions of my visit:
A great experience. And so my journey continues. Seven stadiums down, 23 to go.