Is Long Beach’s ‘elephant lot’ big enough for a baseball stadium? We compared acreage with other stadiums

The Los Angeles Angels are in talks about possibly moving the team from Anaheim to Long Beach.

If it happens, the city would build a stadium on the roughly 13-acre “elephant lot” southeast of the Long Beach Arena and Performing Arts Center.

But is the area big enough for a baseball stadium?

Current waterfront Major League Baseball stadiums show that the land available in the elephant lot is roughly as large, or in some cases larger, than the land area where other stadiums have been built.

Additionally, other urban stadiums such as Target Field in Minneapolis and Fenway Park in Boston are both located on sites of around eight and a half acres.

Here is a comparison:

Long Beach elephant lot: 13 acres

Oracle Park in San Francisco: 12.7 acres

PNC Park in Pittsburgh: 14.7 acres

Petco Park in San Diego: 17 acres

Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati: 16.1 acres

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Kelly Puente is an award-winning general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. She has worked as a journalist in Long Beach since 2006, covering everything from education and crime to courts and breaking news. Kelly previously worked at the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Orange County Register before joining the Post in 2018. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].
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