Playing in their 52nd American League season, expectations from both the Los Angeles Angels and the fans are at an all-time high.
Demand for Angels tickets has never been greater, which is not surprising, since
the club is on a current nine-year streak of drawing in excess of three million in
attendance. The Angels, along with the now-defunct Washington Senators, were
baseball's first expansion clubs, joining the American League in 1961.
The founder and eventual owner of the team was Gene Autry, the famous Hollywood
cowboy, one of the nation's top box-office stars from the 1930s through the 1950s.
Autry's involvement no doubt contributed to the early popularity of the team, and
his frequent appearances at the games caused a spike in Angels tickets sales. Autry's
tenure, which lasted for 36 years, saw the Angels advance to the post-season just
three times, with the first occurring in 1979. Despite mediocre on-field performance,
Angels tickets sales remained popular and steady. The Angels have also undergone
several name changes, with the first change happening in 1965, when they became the California Angels.
When the Walt Disney Company became majority owners of the team in 1997, they
were renamed the Anaheim Angels.
It was under this nickname that the Angels advanced to and won their only World
Series in 2002. In 2005, new owner Arturo Moreno became the first Hispanic majority
owner of a major American professional sports team and reinstated "Los Angeles" to
the team's name, and the Angels became the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In spite of the
numerous name changes and up-and-down fortunes of the team, Angels tickets sales are still
After being awarded a franchise, the Angels needed a home. Initially, the team wanted
to make the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum their home field, but the Coliseum was
deemed unsuitable due to its chip-shot 250 ft. distance from home plate to the left
field wall. The Angels were forced to play their first season at South Los Angeles'
Wrigley Field. The following season, the team entered into an agreement with
the Dodgers to share Dodger Stadium. Angels tickets sales improved significantly in
their new surroundings, but the feeling that the team could not establish their own identity within Dodger Stadium compelled
team officials to seek a home of their own. Autry found a suitable location in Anaheim,
only 25 miles away, where Angels tickets went on sale for the 1966 season. The move
proved lucrative, as the team drew a league-leading 1.4 million during their inaugural
season in Anaheim. Following their first playoff appearance in 1979, the Angels took
on a tenant of their own, the NFL's Los Angeles Rams. The addition brought about
a massive renovation of Anaheim Stadium, increasing seating capacity to almost
65,000. Angels tickets sales reached a peak in the late 1980s, before lackluster won-
loss records and fan apathy caused a near bottoming-out. The franchise underwent
a renaissance of sorts after Disney took over the day-to-day management in 1994.
The stadium was again renovated, along with a name change to Edison International
Field of Anaheim, which lasted until 2003, when it became known as Angel Stadium
of Anaheim. Currently, the team and stadium names have remained the same for
almost a decade, and Angels tickets sales have once again taken their place among the
American League's top five.