Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Senator Pitches Valencia Ballpark.

Byline: S.U. Mahesh Journal Capitol Bureau

* Lawmaker wants $35 million from state for stadium between Belen, Los Lunas

SANTA FE If you build it near Belen, they will come.

So says Sen. Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, who has proposed the state pay $35 million to build a baseball stadium between Belen and Los Lunas.

"Albuquerque seems to be having a problem getting it done," Sanchez said. "If they don't want it, we'll take it."

The Albuquerque Dukes, the top farm team of the Los Angeles Dodgers, moved to Portland, Ore., at the end of the 2000 season. The new owner of the Calgary Cannons has agreed to move the Triple-A franchise from Canada to the Duke City, but only if the aging Sports Stadium is extensively remodeled or a new ballpark is built. …

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