El Paso USL team to play at Southwest University Park, plans for new stadium in the works
There's a United Soccer League team coming to El Paso and the team will need its own stadium.
But, until then, it will play its games at Southwest University Park, where the Chihuahuas also play.
MountainStar Sports Group is bringing the team to El Paso. MountainStar President Alan Ledford said the contract for the ballpark won't change.
We broke the news about a possible USL team coming to El Paso in 2016. At that time MountainStar said they wanted to build the stadium downtown.
The city will still be responsible for any capital improvements that are needed for the park. Those would be such things as major replacements for the field, scoreboard or infrastructure of the stadium.
Ledford said MountainStar is still trying to figure out how it can keep the costs of the new team at minimum.
The USL wants the team to play in its own stadium, built specifically for soccer, in the long-term. But right now, there aren't any concrete plans for the stadium.
"What the final formula is is something that we can only speculate about today,” Ledford said. “But we're going to be working towards a new ballpark, a new stadium, over the course of the next few months and years. We'll see how that ends up."
Ledford said the USL wants the El Paso team to have an outdoor soccer stadium by 2020 or 2021.