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Mayor Keller Announces Proposal to put Multi-Use Stadium to a Public Vote

Proposal heads to council, would place a question on the ballot for construction of a stadium for a variety of uses and the permanent home for The New Mexico United.

July 24, 2021

The City of Albuquerque is taking the next step toward creating a transformational multi-use stadium and the new home of New Mexico United in the metro. At this evening’s home game, Mayor Tim Keller and United Owner and President Peter Trevisani announced to fans that a $50 million bond proposal will be presented to the Albuquerque City Council at the August 2nd meeting, with a vote expected later in the month. If approved by Council, the proposed bond, which would not raise taxes, will go to the voters on the November ballot.

“This is the start of an exciting conversation about a facility that could be a game changer for our community and the state,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “Since the team came in 2018, New Mexico United has captured the spirit of our city and become an outstanding community partner. While we face challenges on a number of fronts in our city, we must also look forward and invest in projects that will lift up our state for decades to come. This facility will draw fans from across the state for sporting events, concerts, and will be an asset to local businesses in the community. With strong support from Council, Albuquerque families will get the chance to decide on this.” 

“Before we ever kicked a soccer ball, our goal has always been to improve our community with everything we do,” said Peter Trevisani. “This is a massive step toward that goal and - if approved - would create multi-generational change in the state of New Mexico. I want to thank Mayor Keller for his incredible commitment to and support of this project, and City Council for helping us take the necessary steps toward making this a reality. Together we can transform Albuquerque and our state, and show the entire world what New Mexicans have to offer.”

A public survey conducted by the City confirmed strong support for a multi-purpose stadium, with 67% of respondents in favor of a permanent facility. The USL Championship soccer team New Mexico United would be one tenant in the facility which would be available for a range of uses for the city and the state, including performances, worship events, and home to a possible future women’s soccer team. The City also received an independent study to explore opportunities and analyze potential sites for the stadium.

If approved by voters on the November ballot, taxes would not be raised to appropriate the funding. The proposed funding from the bond would be added to the approximately $8 million already raised by New Mexico United for the construction of a stadium. The proposal leaves space for a variety of stadium options that could include state, county and or private contributions.