The Big A is home to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim since it opened in 1966. The park and
name have gone through several changes since then. Originaly a baseball only stadium when it opened
it was called Anaheim Stadium, and built to resemble Yankee Stadium. Then in 1980, the Los Angeles Rams
moved from the LA Coliseum to the Big A. Many renovations had to be made to make the stadium multi-purpose.
One of them being the moving of the big "A" from the scoreboard, into the parking lot, where it stands today.
The stadium was enclosed, adding about 23,000 more seats to accomodate an NFL sized crowd. After the Rams
left for St. Louis in 1994, the stadium changed again. Renovations started in 1997 to make the facility once
again baseball only. In 1998, the naming rights were sold to a local utility company and the stadium was
renamed Edison International Field, sometimes known as The Ed or Big Ed. Finally, in 2003 the stadium was renamed once again
to it's name today.
The main entrance of the park is adorned with two giant Angels caps, and giant baseball bats.
There is a regulation sized brick infield lined out, with an actual mound. The rubber, bases & Home plate
are lit as you exit after a night game. Once inside, it's a sea of red, as Angel fans sport their red attire.
On the main concourse is a display honoring the 2002 World Champs, with the World Series trophy and assorted
memorabilia. The stadium consists of three levels and two sets of bleachers, one in left field & one in right.
To the left of the batter's eye is an area with Rocks, water falls and some trees, it looks a little out of place.
I really didn't find anything wrong with Angel Stadium. I liked that they had two scoreboards, One in left field and one in right, they both had a large video screen and
both kept the line score. They are very proud of their history, displaying their Division
championships on the fence in RC field. The retired numbers are on display under the
scoreboard in right field. The Angels are probably the only team that retired the numbers of two players traded for each other. Jim Fregosi & Nolan Ryan. Fregois would later manage Ryan.
A great atmosphere, good food, cheap parking, only $8.00 ! and the kicker, the yearbook
was only $3.00