ABOUT ANGEL STADIUM:
Anaheim Stadium had been the home of the Angels since their move from Los Angeles following the 1965 season. The stadium opened April 9, 1966, as the California Angels hosted the San Francisco Giants in an exhibition game. The franchise's first American League game was April 19, 1966 vs. the Chicago White Sox. The Los Angeles Angels played at Wrigley Field in 1961 and Chavez Ravine from 1962-65.
The original Anaheim Stadium seated 43,204 (later 43,250). The stadium underwent construction in 1979-80 for additional seating to accommodate the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL. Upon completion in 1981, the stadium seated 65,158 (later 64,593) for baseball. The Rams left Anaheim for St. Louis, MO in 1995. The new Angel Stadium of Anaheim has a seating capacity of approximately 45,050 for the Anaheim Angels.
Other unique features of the new Angel Stadium of Anaheim include terraced bullpens in the outfield, widened concourses, new restroom and concession areas, a spacious and modernized press box and broadcast booths, family-oriented seating sections, state-of-the-art club-level and dugout-level suites, the Pepsi Perfect Game Pavilion (a youth-oriented interactive game area) and landscaped courtyards (with statues in remembrance of Gene Autry and Michelle Carew).
- Opened in 1965
- 330 feet down the left field line
- 387 feet in left center field
- 400 feet in center field
- 370 feet in right center field
- 330 feet down the right field line
- Angel Stadium is a power hitter’s park, the ball carries very well.
- The Angels started playing their home games during their inaugural 1961 season in Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. The following year they played at Chavez Ravine at Dodger Stadium.
- The Angels won the Western division title for the first time in 1979.
- By the end of the 2001 regular season the Molina brothers, Bengie and Jose, both played catcher’s position for the Angels.