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EXPO New Mexico eyes new arena for state fairgrounds

February 26, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — EXPO New Mexico officials are finishing a feasibility study on the construction of a new arena on the state fairgrounds.

KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports EXPO New Mexico General Manager Dan Mourning said this week the idea for a new arena is something officials have been eying for years and comes as officials have noticed top tier acts passing up New Mexico for cities with larger venues.

The fairgrounds’ aging Tingley Coliseum has been around since 1957 and holds only around 11,570. Officials want an arena that can hold at least 15,000 people.

Mourning says it will then be presented to the city of Albuquerque, but say in the end, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will have the final say.