Albuquerque Baseball Complex
City Councilor Dan Lewis, Mayor Richard J. Berry, and the Department of Municipal Development are pleased to announce the January 31, 2017, groundbreaking of Phase I of the Albuquerque Baseball Complex.
Phase I of this state-of-the-art facility 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.
“Local families spend thousands of dollars every year traveling out of state for youth sports,” said City Councilor Dan Lewis. “I want to see us bring big regional events here to Albuquerque. A facility like this, combined with our great weather, will attract high-level tournaments year 'round.”
The complex is located on 81 acres of City-owned property at Arroyo Vista Boulevard and High Mesa Drive, just west of the new APS community stadium. This facility will expand recreational opportunities for citizens and attract sports tourism to Albuquerque, equating to more hotel room nights sold, more visits to shops and restaurants, and a boost to the local economy. The project played a major part in Albuquerque’s selection as the host city for the 2019 National Senior Games.
This $17.8 million project will take approximately 10 months and is expected to begin in late January/early February. The design for the fields was developed through a task force of local sports and recreational experts working with architects from Consensus Planning and G. Donald Dudley Architects. Bradbury Stamm is the contractor for the bond-funded project.
“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
“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.