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Tempe to hold hearing on spring training lease with the LA Angels

The Tempe City Council is scheduled to hold its first public hearing Thursday night on a new ballpark lease for long-time Cactus League tenant the Los Angeles Angels.

Final approval by the council in November would commit the city to spending about $41 million on renovating Diablo Stadium.

The deal could keep the Angels playing spring training games in Tempe into the mid-2040s. It calls for the Angels to put $10 million toward a multistory building for the franchise to use.

Tempe would pay for just over half of the project, plus finance a new outfield concourse for fans.

The city would get yearly rent from the Angels. The fee starts at a half-million dollars and rises for inflation. Plus the Major League Baseball club would pay Tempe 20% of ticket sales.

Diablo Stadium is the oldest Cactus League ballpark. The Angels have played there since the early 1990s.

Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.