A new stadium for the Albuquerque Sol is a fit for both the market and the team, according a recently released feasibility study.
Kinship Consulting has researched how a soccer-specific stadium in Albuquerque may look. In order for the team to move up from the Premier Development League to the USL, it would likely require a 5,000 to 10,000 seat stadium. The facility is being pitched for downtown Albuquerque, though a specific location has not been determined.
The key to this plan working, according to Kinship Consulting’s Amanda Powers, is the Sol’s ability to draw steady attendance figures. More from KRQE News 13:
“We could very easily get 3,800 fans per game in the first year alone,” said Powers.
She also compared the soccer stadium to the Isotopes success.
“Doesn’t matter if the team wins or loses, they have a consistent attendance rate,” said Powers.
Powers believes that’s a good sign for any future stadium in the city, especially soccer.
“What we see is there is an unmet demand that we would like to tap,” said Powers.
No firm cost was reported, but it seems likely that the Sol will continue to push this proposal. The team currently plays at St. Pius X High School‘s Ben Rios Field, and has been lobbying for a new facility to bolster a move to the USL.