South Broadway and Barelas residents talk stadium proposal

By: - October 25, 2021 5:31 am

United mural at the corner of Second Street at Coal near where the stadium would be built. (Photo by Marisa Demarco / Source NM)

Despite a late September ad blitz by United for what the soccer team was calling the “people’s stadium,” it’s looking like the bond that would fund its construction is not favored by voters, according to a poll released by the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday, Oct. 24. Around 55% of voters are against the proposal, with only 37% in support, poll numbers show.

New Mexico PBS spoke with people in the two neighborhoods where the United stadium could be built about the $50 million bond proposal on the ballot right now. Barelas is one of the oldest — if not the oldest — neighborhoods in Albuquerque. Its neighbor, South Broadway, was established along with the railroad, the industry responsible for seeding what is now Downtown. In this clip, the presidents of both neighborhood associations describe the areas and their histories, and talk about the city’s process for deciding where the stadium could go.

The stadium would use $50 million borrowed by city and paid back with taxes, with $8 million coming from state funds. New Mexico United pledged $10 million in late September.

Post text by Source editor Marisa Demarco. Thanks to “New Mexico In Focus” for sharing this reporting with Source NM.

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