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Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - The home of the will no longer be known as Edison International Field. Starting next season, the ballpark will be named Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Edison International, which had a naming rights contract in 1998, decided to exercise its option out of the deal.

"Moving forward we will rename the facility Angel Stadium," said team president Dennis Kuhl. "The decision is both part of a continuing effort to expand our brand, as well as a return to baseball tradition. The future possibility of a new partnership with a title sponsor remains an option."

This is the third different name to the stadium, which was initially completed in 1966 at a cost of $24 million. It was known as Anaheim Stadium from 1966 until the start of the 1998 season.

"The Big A," as it was known, underwent construction to enclose the stadium in 1979 for additional seating to accommodate the Los Angeles Rams. More renovations took place in 1996 to change the building back to a baseball-only facility.

On April 3, 1996, the city of Anaheim and the Walt Disney Corporation agreed on a pact to keep the team in Anaheim until at least the year 2018. Arte Moreno subsequently bought the earlier this year, becoming the first Hispanic controlling owner of a Major League Baseball team.

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