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Angels Fans Cart Away Pieces of Anaheim Stadium as Remodeling Starts

November 10, 1996

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ The Big A got a little smaller over the weekend.

California Angels fans got to buy seats being removed from Anaheim Stadium as The Walt Disney Co. remodels the facility to a baseball-only ballpark.

``I even got the gum!″ Jim Wysopal said as he found a wad stuck beneath a pair of seats he picked up Saturday.

The 31-year-old Newport Beach businessman was among about 100 fans who picked up orders that had been placed earlier.

Prices range from $43 for a single seat to $17 each for bleacher-size clusters of 585 or more.

Dyanna D’Allessandro of Santa Ana bought a seat as a Christmas present for her grandfather.

``It might end up in the garage,″ she acknowledged.

Disney, which has purchased a controlling interest in the Angels from Gene Autry, plans to rename the team the Anaheim Angels and has begun a three-year modernization of the stadium.

Capacity, which was expanded from 43,250 to 64,593 when the NFL Rams moved from Los Angeles to Anaheim in 1979, is being reduced for a cozier feel.

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