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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The journey to a permanent home for New Mexico United took another step forward on Friday afternoon as officials from the City of Albuquerque made the recommendation Creative Arts Agency Icon should study where a dedicated soccer stadium should be built in the city.
The full Albuquerque City Council is expected to consider the matter this week. It is anticipated the study would be completed with 100 days after the award is made.
A division of the Creative Arts Agency, CAAI has played a key role in the realization of world-class venues across the United States and the world. Its previous projects include Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United FC, and the expansion of Providence Park, home of the Portland Timbers. It has also played a key role in the development of new soccer-specific venues for Nashville SC and Austin FC, as well as the new Stadio Della Roma, which is set to become the new home for Serie A club AS Roma in 2022.
New Mexico United has previously issued plans for a venue that will not only house a soccer-specific venue that could host up to 15,000 fans but be part of a larger multi-cultural project that would tie into the club’s overall mission to be an inclusive agent of positive change for all New Mexicans.
Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller on Friday said the study was designed to identify a 5-to-10 acre plot suitable for a stadium that would house United, and potentially host other teams and live events.
“We are beyond excited the City is taking this next step in building a world class, multi-purpose soccer stadium,” New Mexico United President/CEO Peter Trevisani told Albuquerque Business First’s Chris Keller. “We'd like to thank Mayor Keller, Lawrence Rael and everyone involved in this process and we look forward to the results.”
New Mexico United averaged almost 13,000 fans per game in its inaugural season in the Championship in 2019 before state health protocols meant the club had to compete exclusively on the road during the abbreviated 2020 season.