Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the bat. The president is a great baseball aficionado and has invested government funds in fostering the sport and it facilities in Mexico. Photo: Google

By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS

Work at Mexico’s controversial new Santa Lucia airport field is coming along right on track, according to government sources.

Of course, the field in question is not Santa Lucía’s airfield, but its baseball field.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), who has made no secret of his personal penchant for the sport (even though the majority of Mexicans prefer soccer over baseball), seems to have made certain that the new complex, located near the Teotihuacán pyramids in the state of Hidalgo, will also include a gigantic baseball field.

In the middle of a dusty area currently under construction at the new airfield, which is slated to replace the country’s main airport in Mexico City even though it will not be able to accommodate large aircraft and will offer limited access due to its geographic location, the massive a baseball field stands out for its greenness.

The baseball field and its facilities are being built rapidly just a few steps away from the new military base in Santa Lucia, which was inaugurated by the president on Feb. 10.

The area where the baseball field is being built is part of a polygon for sports activities and is located next to what will be the Military School for Specialist Air Force Troops.

The complex will have a swimming pool, soccer, basketball and tennis courts, as well as an athletics track.

The area is part of the new facilities and housing areas that are being built for members of the Mexican military — which has become AMLO’s personal army, expanding from 32,000 members when he took office in December 2018 to 160,000 members and counting, and being granted at least 27 powers that were previously in the hands of civilians.

When asked about the new baseball complex, Mexico’s National Defense Secretariat (Sedena) said that “due to the current electoral ban (which prohibits government officials from talking about the administration’s accomplishments), it could not report on the progress in public works.”

Over the last two years, AMLO government has bought, built and remodeled numerous baseball stadiums and facilities across Mexico, including a new 100 million-peso baseball park in Guacamayas de Palenque, in Chiapas, home of the favorite team of AMLO’s brother, Pío López Obrador.

…April 28, 2021

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