In an early step to move the effort forward, New Mexico United has landed $4.1 million in state money toward its new stadium project.
New Mexico United is plotting a new stadium plan in Albuquerque, seeking to build the venue as part of a larger initiative billed as a Sport & Cultural Center. The search has received a boost in the form of $4.1 million in capital outlay money approved by state lawmakers, with the funding to go toward completing a site feasibility analysis, among other planning initiatives.
United still has plenty of work to do to bring a new stadium to fruition, but the club is hopeful that the funding will help it complete several tasks over the coming months. More from KRQE.com:
In this legislative session, lawmakers approved more than $4 million in capital outlay for the team to come up with designs and acquire land. “It sends a signal that we are going to be pushing forward with the stadium,” United CEO Peter Tresvisani said.
Trevisani said they are doing site surveys all across Albuquerque this spring….
Trevisani said he expects to have a place picked out sometime this summer, and he hopes to break ground by this time next year. He said stadium construction could possibly cost another $60 to $80 million.
“We don’t have a big company that can put this team on its back or one source of revenue,” Trevisani said. Trevisani said he has already put hundreds of thousands in private investments into the project so far.
United played its inaugural season in Division II USL Championship last year, staging home matches at Albuquerque’s Isotopes Park. The team will return to Isotopes Park in 2020, but the facility is primarily a ballpark for Minor League Baseball’s Albuquerque Isotopes (Class AAA; International League) and has never been envisioned as a permanent home for the club. United’s 2019 season ended with the club topping the 36-team USL Championship in attendance, drawing a per-game average of 12,693 fans, according to our attendance figures.
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