City Develops Plans for Regional Sports Complex
May 5, 2016
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The City of Albuquerque has developed plans for a Regional Sports Complex to serve as a place for children to play and as an economic base for sports tourism. The complex will be constructed adjacent to the new Albuquerque Public Schools Community Stadium on Arroyo Vista Boulevard near Interstate 40.
These facilities will enable the City to expand recreational opportunities for our community’s youth. The Regional Sports Complex will also promote Albuquerque as a destination for the booming sports tourism industry, which equates to more hotel room nights sold, more visits to local restaurants and shops, and a general boost to the local economy.
The design for the fields has been developed through a task force of local sports and recreational experts. The state-of-the-art complex will have five artificial turf fields with lighting to accommodate both baseball and softball. The site will include a building for concessions, restrooms, umpire locker room, scout viewing area, and community meeting room.
"This multi-sport complex is a smart public investment for a number of reasons," said Albuquerque’s Mayor Richard J. Berry. "This project allocates taxpayer resources where they can improve our local economy by attracting new dollars to Albuquerque through sports tourism and where they will improve quality of life for our kids and their families."
Construction is expected to begin this fall. Similar complexes 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. Last year the project received unanimous Council and Administrative support and received $13 million in funding. The request this year is to utilize $8 million of the projected $18 million in available funding in order complete the community and tourism project.
"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."
"This could be the Albuquerque premiere field of dreams, bringing in people from other areas to help drive our tourism and economy as well providing playing fields, basketball courts, volleyball courts and other sports activities for our local families," said Councilor Ken Sanchez.