City of Albuquerque proposes multi-million dollar projects to enhance sports tourism


HOPING TO SHELL OUT A WHOLE LOT OF MONEY TO BUILD ON SPORTS-RELATED TOURISM. TODAY — MAYOR TIM KELLER ANNOUNCED A NEW PLAN THAT WOULD INCLUDE ABOUT 28-MILLION DOLLARS IN IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS. HERE )S NEWS 13 )S JEANNIE NGUYEN… JEANNIE. JACKIE — MAYOR KELLER SAYS THE SENIOR GAMES THIS YEAR WAS SUCH A HUGE SUCCESS — IT WAS THE STARTING POINT OF ALL OF THESE PROJECTS. HE SAYS THAT EVENT MADE IT CLEAR THE CITY HAS A LOT OF WORK TO DO IF IT WANTS TO CONTINUE TO HOST BIG SPORTING EVENTS. THE BIGGEST CHUNK OF THE MONEY — COMING FROM THE LODGERS TAX — WOULD GO TOWARD FIXING UP LOS ALTOS PARK NEAR I-40 AND EUBANK. ABOUT 10-AND-A-HALF-MILLION DOLLARS WOULD GO TOWARD ADDING ANOTHER SOFTBALL FIELD… MAKING UPGRADES TO THE SKATE PARK AND ADDING A NEW OLYMPIC B-M-X TRACK. ANOTHER PROJECT ON THE LIST — A MILLION DOLLARS FOR SAFETY UPGRADES AT ISOTOPES PARK. Mayor Tim Keller – CABQ -1:22:30 “We know we had some injuries there, and now it )s actually a league requirement to extend the netting along the base paths.” 1:22:35 KELLER SAYS ADDING MORE NETTING DOWN THE LINES ALL THE WAY TO THE FOUL POLES WILL PROTECT THE FANS FROM ANY POTENTIAL INJURIES. ADDITIONALLY — CHANGES ARE EXPECTED TO BE MADE TO MAKE IT EASIER TO TRANSITION THE FIELD FROM BASEBALL TO SOCCER OR ANY OTHER EVENTS THAT MAY BE HELD AT THE PARK. WE ALSO SPOKE WITH THE GENERAL MANAGER OF THE ISOTOPES ON THE UPGRADES AND WHEN FANS CAN EXPECT TO SEE THE CHANGES. I )LL HAVE THOSE DETAILS AT 10. JACKIE — BACK TO YOU. OKAY JEANNIE. ALSO ON THE LIST OF PROJECTS — THE CITY WANTS TO SPEND 3-MILLION DOLLARS ON A NEW SOCCER FIELD TO HOST N-M-A-A CHAMPIONSHIPS AND PROVIDE A PLACE FOR THE UNITED SOCCER TEAM TO PRACTICE.

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