Saturday, February 19, 2005

Tempe Diablo Facelift Set

The Angels spring home in Tempe, AZ will be getting a major makeover once the Halos head west for Anaheim in April. The Arizona Republic reported that the $20 million renovation will include increasing stadium capacity to 10,000, a complete renovation of the visiting clubhouse, four new practice fields and (thank sweet merciful God) the addition of more stadium seats around the infield to replace the aluminum benches which can, on a hot Arizona afternoon, sear human flesh with amazing efficiency. The stadium will also get a new "graphics intensive" scoreboard to replace the current model which resembles something from a rural Kentucky high school. Not surprisingly the remodel will also include "interactive graphics and media displays" (read: fancy billboards) which will no doubt be used to enhance revenue receipts for the ball club.

The improvements are expected to be completed by February 2006 and will be funded, in large part, by the city of Tempe which was facing a threat by the Angels to leave Tempe Diablo for a brand new facility in Goodyear, AZ. Shockingly the city of Tempe did not insist on having their name inserted into the Angels "official" name as they were afraid the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Tempe was a tad bulky.

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