Albuquerque voters handily reject bond measure on downtown soccer stadium

New Mexico United's efforts to secure public funding for a downtown soccer stadium suffered a setback when a measure to raise $50 million in gross receipts tax bonds was rejected by Albuquerque voters on Tuesday.

The Albuquerque Journal reported that the measure was trailing by a margin of 65%-35% as of 10 p.m. on election night.

In 2019, expansion New Mexico United led the USL Championship in attendance. It played at Isotopes Park, the baseball home of Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes. It returned to Isotopes Park in 2021 after playing on the road in 2020 due to New Mexico Covid-19 restrictions.

The proposed soccer stadium would have seated 10,000-12,000 fans and cost an estimated $65 million to build.

In a statement, New Mexico United spokesman David Carl told the Journal:

“While United will continue its pursuit of a multi-use facility that will allow us to bring a professional women’s soccer team and other community-driven programming to New Mexico, we will not be actively pursuing the proposed sites, including South Broadway and Barelas. United has said from day one that we will only support a location where the local community is behind the project and the stadium can uplift all, not just a few. That work starts immediately.”

In an agreement reached between New Mexico United and the city of Albuquerque subject to approval of the bond measure, the USL Championship club would have paid $10 million toward the construction of the stadium and made annual lease payments of $800,000 as well as $100,000 annual payments from the in-stadium revenues it generated.

New Mexico United also agreed to make its best efforts to launch a women's pro team within three years.

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2 comments about "Albuquerque voters handily reject bond measure on downtown soccer stadium".
  1. R2 Dad, November 3, 2021 at 10:55 p.m.

    What the community needs is a basic facility that can grow with the team, not some big MLS shrine. If NMU didn't have to cough up $250-$300M for the MLS franchise fee, they'd have enough money to build this stadium. Seems like MLS is more interested in building their ponzi scheme than the sport of soccer.

  2. Chris Wasdyke replied, November 4, 2021 at 11:26 a.m.

    You mean having a financially stable model unlike almost all the top leagues bar maybe Germany?  Should we just follow the EPL and let very suspect countries buy all the teams?

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