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Albuquerque mayor updates on possible New Mexico United stadium

Mayor Tim Keller’s office confirmed with KOAT about construction at Balloon Fiesta Park this Winter for the New Mexico United stadium on July 26. Though, there hasn’t been finalization of a date. New Mexico United is a professional soccer team in the United Soccer League Championship based in Albuquerque. If all goes as planned, the stadium will occupy an empty parking lot, east of the launch field. According to the city, balloonists avoid the area due to power lines. In March 2023, Keller made an announcement for the potential site at Balloon Fiesta Park during a press conference. “The location really should leverage existing infrastructure, such as parking and available land. It should not put an undue burden on the city with the respect to additional infrastructure, or to neighborhoods and how it may impact the neighborhoods,” Keller said in March.The state granted the city $8.5 million for a stadium infrastructure investment with an additional $5 million in capital outlay. According to Keller’s office, the remainder of the stadium will be privately funded by New Mexico United.The city of Albuquerque proposed the idea of leasing a stadium for the team in two potential areas with $50 million in gross tax receipt-funded bonds, but voters rejected the plan. A spokesperson for Keller told KOAT the city is in the initial stages of a public process to amend the master plan for the park and design for infrastructure at the building site. The site plan is not finalized.

Mayor Tim Keller’s office confirmed with KOAT about construction at Balloon Fiesta Park this Winter for the New Mexico United stadium on July 26. Though, there hasn’t been finalization of a date.

New Mexico United is an American professional soccer team based in Albuquerque.

If all goes as planned, the stadium will occupy an empty parking lot, east of the launch field. According to the city, balloonists avoid the area due to power lines. In March 2023, Keller made an announcement for the potential site at Balloon Fiesta Park during a press conference.

“The location really should leverage existing infrastructure, such as parking and available land. It should not put an undue burden on the city with the respect to additional infrastructure, or to neighborhoods and how it may impact the neighborhoods,” Keller said in March.

The state granted the city $8.5 million for a stadium infrastructure investment with an additional $5 million in capital outlay. According to Keller’s office, the remainder of the stadium will be privately funded by New Mexico United.

The city of Albuquerque proposed the idea of leasing a stadium for the team in two potential areas with $50 million in gross tax receipt-funded bonds, but voters rejected the plan.

A spokesperson for Keller told KOAT the city is in the initial stages of a public process to amend the master plan for the park and design for infrastructure at the building site. The site plan is not finalized.

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