Developer Josh Skarsgard of Retail Southwest Development confirmed is building the Q Sports Arena — on Albuquerque’s westside located at Coors Blvd. and St. Joseph’s. Q Sports Arena will have basketball, volleyball, soccer and pickleball courts as well as exercise facilities, dining options, and will even offer a barbershop, according to a news release. Skarsgard envisions the arena playing host to high-level basketball tournaments, as well as offering open-gym time slots for adults and adult leagues.
The sports complex will be the home of the Albuquerque Basketball Club, a grassroots boys and girls basketball club headed by Brandon Mason—a former college basketball player at New Mexico State University who played in the NBA Development League, now known as the NBA G League. Mason was most recently an assistant coach with the University of New Mexico men’s basketball program.
Skarsgard said a model of these sports complexes exist in similar cities in neighboring states and in line with a trend in retail with slower growth in big-box retail to anchor shopping centers. He expects to break ground sometime in June after experiencing supply chain issues with steel and be open by mid-October. The cost of building the sports complex is about $5 million.
“Everyone’s been relying on public schools to provide gym time. With Covid, that’s been hard to come by,” Skarsgard said. “This is both a passion and what I think where trends are going in shopping centers: more gyms, climbing walls, lifestyle uses, and sports uses anchoring them.”
New Mexico companies Aria Architecture and Skarsgard Construction LLC will be the project’s architect and general contractor.