New Mexico United stadium proposal now one step closer to approval
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico United is one step closer to having a permanent multi-purpose stadium after a key approval Thursday.
The city of Albuquerque’s Environmental Planning Commission approved a land-use agreement in an 8-1 vote. The lengthy proposal outlines the project’s fine details – including the stadium’s approximate size, parking lot requirements, and even lighting options.
“The numerous meetings we’ve had with neighbors, Balloon Fiesta Park, Balloon Fiesta, and the City have really shaped the scope and positive impact of this project,” said United Owner/CEO/President Peter Trevisani. “The Commission’s recognition of that hard work is an indication that this project truly serves all of New Mexico.”
The Albuquerque City Council is expected to vote on a 30-year lease agreement Monday. New Mexico United officials say the city council’s approval would essentially greenlight the project.
“This is an important win for our city that will create more opportunities for affordable, accessible fun. We look forward to Council taking the next steps to move the project along and improve quality of life for Albuquerque families,” said Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller.
The proposed stadium would occupy 7 acres of land at Balloon Fiesta Park. Officials say it would be located behind a set of power lines in a pre-existing no-fly zone. Despite the balloon flight restrictions, the proposed agreement states New Mexico United can’t host matches during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
Early renderings show the roughly 185,000-square-foot stadium will be able to house up to 11,000 people. There are also plans to build a 3,000-square-foot food hall at a later date.
The agreement states New Mexico United will host 17 games at the stadium each year. City and team leaders also say the stadium will hold other events.
New Mexico United must invest at least $30 million to construct the stadium. The city and state already chipped in $13 million to fund infrastructure upgrades at Balloon Fiesta Park.
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