The competition for sports franchises is fierce, and two cities — one a Los Angeles neighbor, the other 2,500 miles away with a very long memory — have big plans that could affect L.A.’s sports face lift.
The city of Anaheim is seeking partners for a $265 million football-only stadium to go along with the city’s Sportstown complex, a 20-acre site on the northwest portion of Anaheim Stadium that will feature entertainment, dining, office space and retail development, according to city spokesman Brett Colson.
Although Colson wouldn’t confirm any Disney interest in either the stadium or Sportstown, he did say the object of Sportstown is to link up Anaheim Stadium with Disneyland to turn the Katella Avenue portion of the city into a “resort destination.”
And a continent away in Brooklyn, N.Y., news of Peter O’Malley’s announcement in early January of his intention to sell the Dodgers sent shivers up the spines of baseball fans — and an old Brooklyn Dodgers pennant up the flagpole of borough president Howard Golden, who called for creation of a commission to return the team to the city it left in 1958. Golden suggested that anything less than serious consideration of a Brooklyn offer for the Dodgers at fair market value would be fodder for the courts.
“Is this a dream?” pondered Golden as he ticked off a renaissance in his borough that includes a 368-room Marriott hotel and 2,400 new homes in a project called Gateway Estates, before segueing into a riff on greedy owners and players. “Yes,” he says, “Brooklyn is a city of dreamers.”