Albuquerque Regional Sports Complex
The City of Albuquerque is finalizing plans for a Regional Sports Complex. Phase I of this state-of-the-art complex will have five artificial turf fields with lighting to accommodate both baseball and softball. The site will also include a building for concessions, restrooms, a community meeting room, umpire locker room, and a viewing area.
The fields will be constructed adjacent to the new APS community stadium on Arroyo Vista Boulevard near I-40 on 81 acres of city-owned property. Together, these facilities will provide the City with the ability to expand recreational opportunities for our citizens, as well as tourists coming to Albuquerque. Without this facility in place we are missing the opportunity to promote Albuquerque as a destination for the booming sports tourism crowds, which equate to more hotel room nights sold, visits to restaurants / shops, and a boost to our local economy.
“The opportunities for local youth to participate in sports provide tremendous return via the interaction, competition and commerce, not to mention the ability to take place in a safe haven for our children. Money that our constituents spend traveling to events in Arizona and Texas can be spent at home and kept within our own community.” - Buddy Gouldsmith, Assistant Coach University of New Mexico
The design for the fields has been developed through a large taskforce of local sports and recreational experts. It is proposed to include all the amenities of a sports complex that will attract regional sports tourism.
“A five-field lighted complex allows for 50 teams to participate over a four-day period. Forty of those teams would require hotel nights at a minimum of 10 per team. That is 40 teams times 10 rooms per night...times 4 nights = 1600 room nights per event. 8-10 of these events alone could be played yearly making the economic impact on Albuquerque tremendous!” - Ryan Brewer - Co-Owner Albuquerque Baseball Academy.
With the current design at 65% complete, it is anticipated that the construction could begin by this fall. Similar complexes constructed in other communities have cost upwards of $25 to $40 million. As currently proposed the City of Albuquerque facility is estimated to cost $21 million. With unanimous Council and Administrative support last year the project received $13 million in funding. The request this year is to utilize $8 million of the projected $18 million in available funding in order to complete this much-needed community and tourism project.