Right now, the park’s master plan doesn’t allow for a stadium.
At Monday’s city council meeting, Chief Administrative Officer Lawrence Rael explained to councilors the steps necessary for a zoning change. Those steps would include meeting with surrounding neighborhoods and Balloon Fiesta managers, noise and traffic studies, and an environmental impact review.
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If the change is approved, the city would lease the land to the team to build a privately-funded stadium.
Any public dollars used for the project, Rael said, would go toward general park improvements like water and sewer lines.
Two years ago, Albuquerque voters rejected a bond question that would have paid for a city-owned soccer stadium.