Juan Gabriel
Juan Gabriel performed at a concert in 2006. (Times file photo)

Mexican singer and composer Juan Gabriel will break in the new baseball stadium in Juárez with a free concert in two weeks, Chihuahua authorities confirmed this week.

The stadium, located at the corner of Reforma and Sanders avenues in central Juárez, will be dedicated Nov. 19.

"I'm very satisfied seeing this project," Gov. César Duarte Jáquez said. "The stadium is giving a new home to sports fans in Juárez and it is giving a new face to Juárez."

Duarte said the new stadium will be the most modern in Mexico and it will be a safe place for families.

In addition, he said, it will be an attraction for tourists and baseball fans from El Paso.

The governor said the Juan Gabriel concert will begin at 7 p.m. At the concert, the famous composer is scheduled to release a new song related to Juárez, Duarte said.

"We want this stadium to be a symbol of the new times of Juárez," Duarte said. "We want it to symbolize the social cohesion of this great border."

The first baseball game at the stadium will be Nov. 20 and pit the Indios de Juárez against state champions Los Mineros de Parral.

The stadium, which has not been named, will have a capacity of 12,000 and cost $15 million to build, according to authorities.

Juan Antonio Rodriguez may be reached at jrodriguez@elpasotimes.com; 546-6134.