As the New Mexico United continue to pack their temporary home at Isotopes Park, talk of a stadium of their own is picking up; and fans definitely have ideas about where it should be built and what it should look like.
The United’s deal to play at Isotopes Park is only for two years. Fans already have a big vision for what they want to see if the United get their own stadium.
The games are loud and full of pride. “The Cinco de Mayo match, I drove back 10 hours just to go to that game,” fan Hunter Rubin said.
Rubin, a huge United fan from Albuquerque, says the team’s success inspired him to create a model of a stadium for the team, drawing from places he’s visited.
“They have huge supporter sections, which is kind of what I wanted to build off of,” Rubin said. His design would seat more than 21,000 people. With standard and club seats, it includes the team’s shield.
“I thought it would be cool to throw in a grass section, leave it big, open end, so you can see the Sandia Mountains and see downtown Albuquerque. Well, I guess depending on where it is, but you know maybe see downtown Albuquerque and just enjoy the view we have.”
Other fans loved the idea, even recommending locations like downtown at Lomas and Second Street, taking over Milne or Wilson stadiums, and even mentioning the Rail Yards.
“This is a passion project, and every time I see a rendering or drawing I get inspired.”
Team President Peter Trevisani says a stadium was never his main goal, but with a big fan base he’s now open to their ideas.
“I’m definitely listening to everybody…This is a fluid situation and we want to build a stadium when we get to that point that represents who we are as New Mexicans. We want to hear ideas,” Trevisani said.
Right now, the United are second in attendance in the 36-team USL, averaging more than 12,000 a game. The team has said they’re still at least a few years away from building a stadium.
The city commissioned a study a couple of years ago on building a stadium for the New Mexico Sol, as that team hoped to join the USL. The study found it would cost $25 to $45 million to build a 10,000 seat stadium, and zeroed in on locations at the Rail Yards, Lomas and Broadway, and about a mile from downtown at 12th Street and I-40.