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APS Community Stadium Construction Begins
Project expected to be completed by 2013 football season
APS and local elected officials throw a ceremonial shovelful of dirt at the groundbreaking for APS Community Stadium.
April 9, 2012
Albuquerque Public Schools has begun construction on a 7,000-seat football stadium and adjacent track and field on the city’s West Side. The district and local elected officials commemorated the start of the project with a groundbreaking ceremony Monday at the stadium site.
APS Community Stadium, located just north of the I-40 exit at 98th St. NW, is expected to be finished by fall 2013. The track and field are slated for completion the following spring to allow the natural grass surface to take hold. The football field will have artificial turf.
“APS Community Stadium will have a huge impact on students involved in extra-curricular activities,” APS Superintendent Winston Brooks said. “It will ease scheduling and travel issues for football, reduce the burden on aging facilities and even help the economy by putting people to work building it.”
Funding for the $38 million project was approved by Albuquerque voters in the 2010 capital improvements election.
The district currently has just two stadiums to accommodate the football schedules its 13 high schools, each of which has three teams. Milne Stadium was built in 1939 as a Works Progress Administration project, while Wilson Stadium was completed in 1967.
“We’re grateful to the taxpayers of Albuquerque for helping us fill this need,” APS Board of Education President Paula Maes said. “We haven’t built a new stadium in 45 years, but the district has added six high schools during that time. The community has grown and we’re thrilled to add the new complex.”
The field inside the track is expected to accommodate soccer. The next phase of the project is expected to include softball fields and tennis courts, while K-12 schools will be built north of the stadium in the future.