A recently-released study presents some options for a new Albuquerque Sol stadium, including possibilities relating to location and cost.
Currently a member of the Premier Development League, the Sol has been pursing a new stadium in hopes of landing a slot in the USL. As part of those discussions, the city agreed to a $15,000 study on a new stadium, the results of which were recently released.
As far as location goes, the report mentions a trio of options, including sites at Lomas and Broadway, 12th and I-40, and the Rail Yards. Officials are seeking a stadium site close to the city’s downtown–the report estimated an economic impact of $42 million between 2021 and 2025 if it is built in that area–but are still hammering out the details of the facility.
According to the study, the potential cost covers a wide range of $24 million to $45 million. That is higher than initially expected, but Sol president Ron Patel is noting that the exact details behind the stadium amenities and funding model still need to be ironed out. More from KRQE News 13:
As for the price, in the past, the figure for a new 10,000 seat stadium was $10 million. Now, it’s between $24 to $45 million, depending on the bells and whistles. Patel imagines that it’ll be paid for with a private-public partnership, but nothing is set in stone. The number of seats isn’t even for sure — it could be less than 10,000, Patel said.
Patel believes this town and this team have what it takes to warrant its own state of the art facility.
“For the last four years, I’ve believed it in my head that we can do this. And now this is kind of further proof and validation that what we’ve been saying we can do, we’re going to be able to do now,” Patel said.
The USL has recently been adding new markets. For 2018 alone, Nashville and Fresno are confirmed to be joining the league, and plans for a new Las Vegas franchise that would begin play next year recently moved forward.