New El Paso soccer stadium will be built outside of city lines


Council split on decision; Mayor John Cook casted deciding vote

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 6:19pm

The City of El Paso is one step closer to building a youth league soccer stadium. There's just one problem, the land they're planning to build it on sits on county property.

This decision was made in Thursday's Special City Council meeting and it was a decision that literally split the representatives apart. The new stadium will sit near Montwood and Rich Beem.

According to the review, this site is currently only accessible through John Hayes and only allows partial access thru Rich Beem. The city may need to pay for construction to connect Montwood and Loop 375. A fact that troubles some City Council members because the site is county, not city.

"Our concern was that the City of El Paso residents are paying for this complex, not the county residents. We're building a facility that will be in proximity to county residents will probably utilize it a lot more than city residents," Rep. Emma Acosta, District 3, El Paso said. She was one of the representatives who voted no to the Ranchos Real site.

The estimated costs of the new soccer stadium stands between $900,000 to $1.2 million. The bond that was passed in November 2012's election will be used to pay for the East Side Soccer Stadium.


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