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New Mexico United adapt to change of venue and plan new stadium

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) — On Tuesday night, New Mexico United will play their first-ever league game at UNM Football Stadium. Playing in the much smaller UNM stadium will be a different experience for fans, where some might find themselves standing.

New Mexico United was supposed to play this game on Saturday night. It was postponed because the opposing team – Phoenix Rising – had COVID-19 issues. With the isotopes back in town, the United States had to move across the street.

“The first thing that happens is we all feel a real sense of disappointment. There were 13,000 people coming on Saturday and it would be one of the busiest games in the league this year, the one of the fiercest rivalries,” said Peter Trevisani, owner of New Mexico United.

He says they expect around 5,500 fans to come to Tuesday night’s game. They even sell standing room only tickets to accommodate more people.

Even though they’ve played open cup and preseason games at UNM in the past, this is the first time they’ve had to move a regular season game to this venue and Trevisani says it’s asking a lot. of logistics. “Obviously, financially, it’s a disaster. But it is okay. We have a 100 year plan. We know there are going to be failures. We had 2020 – we played every game in a row. We didn’t sell a single ticket,” says Trevisani.

He says the venue change is a great example of the team needing to have their own home. “In November there was a vote that didn’t say no to a stadium, it just said no to this city-run stadium funding mechanism. We heard what people said, we’ve been working really hard on it – I think in a month or two we’re going to make some interesting announcements,” Trevisani said. “I think what we’re seeing, and tonight is a great example of that, is the growth of our city. We need more facilities. That’s a good thing. And we’re going to run it privately and I won’t stop until we do. So that’s a life mission at this point.

They are offering disappointed fans exchange and credit options for Saturday’s rescheduled game. The team says UNM was instrumental in getting this football stadium ready and staffed within 72 hours, and they feel lucky to have been able to make it work.

Trevisani says they will be offering the usual publicity merchandise, but warned queues could be long due to stadium resources. “Let’s understand that the UNM put this in place on short notice. They will do everything they can. But dealership lines can be very long. You can’t get the perfect seat. So, if you want to have a seat, come early. And be patient, understand that this is the best we can do on short notice,” says Trevisani.