Juárez begins work on baseball stadium

Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte, left, and Juárez Mayor Hector "Teto" Murguia set a cornerstone Tuesday to mark the beginning of construction of the new Estadio de Beisbol Tricentenario de Ciudad Juárez baseball stadium. (Photo courtesy city of Juárez)

Seating will accommodate 13,500 fans on 19 levels

Rio Grande Digital

Dignitaries in Juárez set a ceremonial cornerstone this week as work begins on the city’s new baseball stadium, according to a city news release.

Billed as the greatest stadium in the state of Chihuahua and the most modern and functional in the country, the stadium will have seating for 13,500 fans on 19 levels of bleachers — about 7,000 of those seats in the shade, the city said.

Among those marking the occasion were Juárez Mayor Hector “Teto” Murguia and Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte.

The stadium will be named Estadio de Beisbol Tricentenario de Ciudad Juárez, the city said. It’s construction price of  134.7 million pesos — about $10 million — is expected to help ease the poverty that is helping to fuels violence and other crime in the city.

It is being constructed next to the Estadio Carta Blanca on Avenida Reforma to create a sports complex in the area. The construction site is 34 acres. The stadium will cover an area of 46,723 square meters, or about 500,000 square feet.

The stadium is expected to be completed in September 2012.

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