ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Lobo football fans could be seeing a big upgrade to University Stadium.
Lawmakers approved $1.67 million in capital outlay funding to design, buy and install a new video scoreboard at UNM's football home.
The funding could go toward replacing either the North end zone scoreboard, which underwent a major overhaul in 2001, or the South end zone scoreboard.
When asked for details on size, features or location of the scoreboard they asked lawmakers to fund, UNM athletics declined to provide any additional information. Instead releasing the following statement through a spokesperson:
We are currently in the process of obtaining bids on various scoreboards/video boards, and once we have all of those in and can see the different capabilities, we will hopefully be able to move forward on the project.
A number of legislators were in on the request, including former Lobo lineman Sen. Mark Moores, R-Albuquerque, and UNM law school graduate Rep. Moe Maestas, D-Albuquerque.
"It's a statewide draw," said Rep. Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque. "We want to have one of the premiere facilities in the state, in the nation."
The funding is not a done deal. Governor Martinez can still choose to line item veto the project and did so with several capital outlay projects last year. She has until April 5, 20 days after the 2013 session, to decide.
Also part of the capital outlay package, $100,000 to buy lighting at Lobo Field, UNM Baseball's home park. Currently the team has to play the majority of their games at Isotopes Park because there is no lighting for night games.
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