A waterfront ballpark to attract the Angels to Long Beach could cost more than $1.1 billion, and the city has received a study that explores options for paying some or all of that cost, according to city documents released Monday night.
The Angels have not committed to move to Long Beach, and the city has not committed to pay anything toward the construction of a stadium.
But the report comes as California’s large coastal cities largely have rejected the idea of paying for professional sports facilities.
The Oakland Athletics, in pursuit of their own waterfront ballpark, have pledged to pay for it all by themselves, albeit with publicly financed infrastructure for the ballpark neighborhood. And, after San Diego voters rejected public funding for a new football stadium there, the Chargers moved to Los Angeles to join the Rams in a privately financed stadium in Inglewood scheduled to open in 2020.
Even if the Angels agreed to move to Long Beach this year, a new ballpark probably wouldn’t open there before the 2025 season, based on a projected timeline included in a city document. The city released more than 500 pages of records in response to public records requests filed by The Times and other news organizations.
The city last October estimated the cost of a stadium at $900 million, not including more than $200 million in financing costs, and an additional $105 million to put up a parking garage with 3,500 spaces. The city’s plan relies heavily on parking in existing structures within walking distance of the proposed ballpark, with consideration of shuttles from remote lots as far as seven miles away.