ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Plans to turn Mesa del Sol into a soccer mecca just received a multimillion-dollar boost.
The Albuquerque City Council voted to put its $3.5 million soccer project in the community south of the airport, complementing Bernalillo County’s recent $2 million commitment to the same site and advancing a larger vision for a national tournament-worthy venue.
The location off University Boulevard SE already boasts six fields used for soccer, cricket and youth football – including practice for the New Mexico United professional soccer team. The county will next month break ground on a seventh, championship-caliber field. But the county – which leases the land from the state – has a long-term plan for a 32-field, multisport facility.
“The overall concept of the complex is that it’s a large, nationally relevant facility that will benefit Albuquerque children in a lot of ways … and it will also have a significant impact on tourism,” said Jim Tilley, vice president of the Bernalillo County Youth Sports Commission.