The city of Long Beach has reached out to the Los Angeles Angels to explore a possible waterfront stadium, according to Mayor Robert Garcia.
Garcia said in a statement on Monday that as part of their efforts to create a downtown waterfront development plan, they are "exploring the feasibility of a downtown sports venue on the Convention Center parking lot."
Though the city is exploring a variety of options, it has approached the Angels "to express interest and discuss the possibilities of this opportunity."
The mayor added that discussions are ongoing and all is "very preliminary."
Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu said in a statement that it's no surprise other cities would try to lure the Angels to leave since having a Major League Baseball franchise is a benefit to any city.
The statement read: "...We are confident that the best place for the Angels is and always will be Anaheim, and the one-year extension we granted gives us the time to work out the details and craft an agreement that benefits our residents and the city."
The idea is getting mixed reaction from Long Beach residents.
"It's all those high-rises by the waterfront, which I live in, that would be a built-in fan base," said resident Lee Moran. "There's an identity of Long Beach much more so than Anaheim, so I think it's a fantastic idea."