ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – One city councilor calls it “The Field of Dreams.” Albuquerque is finally getting the ball rolling on a sports megaplex in a busy area.
“We need more sports fields in Albuquerque and it’s a common need we’ve had for a long time,” Mayor R.J. Berry said.
The mayor is talking about 81 acres just west of Community Stadium off of Arroyo Vista.
In 2011, voters approved $2.8 million to turn the mesa in to a sports megaplex. Monday, the city finally closed the deal on the land.
The goal is to eventually build 20 or so different fields for soccer, baseball and softball.
Councilor Ken Sanchez says it’s about time. He says other city councilors were ready to move and scoop up land elsewhere since this deal took a lot longer than expected.
“I said we’ve got to get this done,” Sanchez said. “Taxpayers of this community went to the ballot, voted to make sure the money was secured for this location and you’ve got to get signed get this document signed. Today is one of our big days.”
Sanchez says this money is just for the land. He’s hoping voters will approve more money in the future and that the legislature will pitch in so the city can start building the fields and facilities.
The city will look to the community for ideas and input before they start building.
Community Stadium, APS’s first new stadium since the 1960’s, opened in the fall. It holds up to 7,000 and has a 2,600 seat track and field facility next door.
Master planning for development will begin in the fall of this year.
The land was purchased from Western Albuquerque Land Holdings.