if you’ve enjoyed going to Tempe for Angels Spring Training games, well you’re in luck. Over the weekend, the city of Tempe announced that they will continue to host the Angels every spring at Tempe Diablo Stadium through at least 2035.
In addition, the news also details a major renovation to improve fan and team experiences. The first phase of improvements could be ready for spring training by next season.
The first phase of the planned renovation includes a new, three-level building on the third base side of the stadium to house a new home team locker room, suites, Angels offices and a team store. According to the article, this phase is projected to cost $20.9 million – $10 million from the Angels and $10.9 million from the city of Tempe.
Following the completion of all that, the next phase will include new outfield concourse to create a 360-degree concourse experience around the park, along with more improvements for fans like new shade structures, modernized restrooms and better traffic flow outside the facility. This phase is projected to cost $30 million, which the city and team have proposed through the MOU would come from Tempe through future voter-approved bonds.
Corey Woods, the mayor of Tempe, issued this statement.
“Fans know that spring training in Tempe is a one-of-a-kind experience, with a fantastic team, a welcoming atmosphere, amazing views and our central location. Partnering with the Angels and with our community, we are going to invest wisely in Diablo Stadium and make that experience even better in the years to come.”
Here’s a statement from Angels Owner, Arte Moreno.
“We would like to thank Tempe Mayor Corey Woods, the City Council, and City Staff for their leadership throughout this process. For nearly 30 years Tempe Diablo Stadium has served as the backdrop of Spring Training memories for our fans while also playing a vital role in the preparation of our teams. The Angels Organization is proud to continue our longstanding partnership with the City of Tempe, and we look forward to modernizing one of the most picturesque ballparks in the Cactus League.”
Angels make roster move
It seems almost as if the Angels make a roster move every day.... well, because they do. Yesterday, the Angels added infielder Kean Wong to the 26-man roster. To clear room, the club designated catcher Drew Butera for assignment.
In 19 games in Salt Lake, Wong had a slash of.350/.388/.525/.913. He hit three home runs and drove in 12 runs. The Angels used him right away, as he started at second base Saturday against the Athletics. With shortstop Jose Iglesias on the Injured List, Wong can see significant playing time over the next week.
In the move, the Angels bid farewell to the veteran catcher in Butera. Needed for depth, the Angels acquired him from the Rangers three weeks ago. During his time with the Angels he hit only .094.