Mexican Baseball League Club Diablos Rojos Announce Plan For $60M Stadium
Mexico City will have an "exclusive baseball park with a capacity of just more than 13,000 within the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez," at a cost of nearly $60M, according to Miguel Boada Nájera of LA AFICION. Mexican Baseball League (LMB) club Diablos Rojos announced the construction of a new stadium, with work to begin in March. The stadium is expected to be completed by March '17. One of the park's attractions "will be a section featuring a grassy field where fans can sit and picnic." The facility will also include souvenir shops, dining options and a kid's zone (LA AFICION, 12/2). In a separate piece, Nájera reported Mexico City will have "not only a new stadium, but a city project will also look to remodel the city's current baseball stadiums." At the presentation of the Diablos Rojos' new facility, it was also announced that the Alfredo Harp Helú Foundation will contribute to the "improvement of several leagues to strengthen the sport." Mexico City Mayor Miguel Mancera said, "I reiterate that baseball is being relaunched in Mexico City because the investment is not only for the stadium, but we are also going to intervene and improve the entire city. I am talking about all 16 boroughs of Mexico City, spaces for baseball. ... It seemed like baseball was going to be lost or relegated to the second tier; it seemed like Mexico City was only focused on football and we have to show that this is not the case. This makes it clear that baseball is also very important and that there is an important baseball fan base" (LA AFICION, 12/2).