UNM strikes deal with developer for sports district

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – After several deals falling through, the University of New Mexico is finally on schedule to build bars and restaurants near its sports stadiums. That’s because they just struck a deal with developers to build it.

On Friday, UNM released the latest vision for UNM’s proposed sports district. It shows a pavilion, restaurants and even big screen TV’s.

“I think it’s beautiful yeah, oh my gosh,” said one student.

“It definitely looks like a place you would hang out and socialize before games,” said another student.

On Friday, The Board of Regents also approved the 25,000 square foot area for development.

Under the agreement, it would go in the parking lot at Avenida Cesar Chavez and University. It will host a micro-brewery, retail shops, restaurants and a bar named after Lobo Football Star Brian Urlacher.

“I think Brian’s involvement is huge. He is as iconic a figure as there is in NM in my opinion,” said Paul Krebs, UNM Vice President of Athletics.

“It would be kind of nice to have something like that on campus for sure,” said another student.

And while students have backed the idea of an entertainment district for years, they hope Friday’s deal means it’s officially happening once and for all.

“I think it would be a really great place for UNM actually because it’s really sociable and people love sports,” said another student.

Construction on the project could start as soon as next summer.

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