The Kukulcán Alamo baseball stadium will get a major-league remodel fit for the Leones de Yucatán.
Aside from a revamped facade design, the remodeling will expand the stadium’s capacity from 12,200 to 16,800 seats.
When complete, the stadium will have better and more plentiful bathrooms, shops, restaurants, ramps, and elevators for those with limited mobility. The new design will also address jeers from fans who thought the 2016 remodeling work was in poor taste.
Like so many other projects in the region, the remodeling of the stadium will be led by Mexico’s armed forces, with an estimated budget of 500 million pesos or US$30 million.
President López Obrador is a huge baseball fan and has poured considerable resources into promoting the sport nationwide.
The upgrades are expected to be complete by the beginning of the off-season, but plans have been put in place for the Leones to train and even host home games at Kanasín’s Víctor Cervera Pacheco Stadium.
The temporary move to Kanasín makes excellent sense considering the recent improvements to municipality infrastructure, including the new La Plancha – Kanasín Ie-Tram route.
The Kukulcán baseball stadium was inaugurated in 1982 and has received several upgrades.
Also receiving upgrades is the Kukulcán sports training complex just across the baseball stadium parking lot, which is open to the public for free.
Among the improvements to the complex are remodels of swimming pools and eight soccer fields, six of which will be fitted with new grass and two with a synthetic field.
Improved lighting and safety measures have also been announced across the sporting complex.
The plan to remodel the Kukulcán comes as a final death blow for the Estadio Sustentable presented in 2021, which was intended to replace it.
This new venue was quietly scrapped due to a lack of support from locals.
Neighbors cited insufficient parking and a worry it would worsen traffic bottlenecks.