After a successful inaugural season that included a trip to the playoffs, the New Mexico United soccer team is now looking for a permanent venue to call home with some help from taxpayers.
The team played its premier season in Isotopes Park, but with its lease due to expire in 2021, the quest to find a new home is underway.
This legislative session, state lawmakers will consider a proposal seeking $30 million of taxpayer funds to help build a brand new, state-of-the-art stadium in Downtown Albuquerque. The total cost is estimated to be somewhere in the ballpark of $100 million.
Building a new stadium is a wonderful idea that will surely boost morale and instill a feeling of hometown pride across the state. But taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot the bill. And if other cities have taught us anything, it’s that promises of sports stadiums sparking economic growth never live up to the hype.