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Team Name: Albuquerque Isotopes
MLB Affiliation: Florida Marlins
Minor League Level: AAA-level
Minor League: Pacific Coast League
Who else is in the Pacific Coast League? Click here for the PCL layout
Isotopes Established: 2003 Season
Isotopes Owner: Albuquerque Baseball Club, L.L.C.
Isotopes Address,
Phone, Web:
1601 Avenida Cesar Chavez SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Phone: (505)924-BALL
Fax: (505)242-8899
Ken Young, President and Major Investment Partner

Emmett Hammond, Major Investment Partner, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer

Mike Koldyke, Major Investment Partner

Mel Kowalchuk, General Manager

Other known staff John Traub - Director of Baseball and Business Operations
Nick LoBue - Director of Sales/Marketing
Gloria Gallegos - Office Manager
Jennifer Steger-Director of Groups and Season Tickets
Jeff Patrick - Merchandise Manager
Tomas Sanchez - Corporate Sales and Marketing
Chris Holland - Corporate Sales and Marketing
David Bearman - Media Relations Director
Melissa Gomez - Community Relations Director
Paul Hartenberger - Special Projects Coordinator
Jay Satenspiel - Food Services General Manager
Drew Stewart - Director of Stadium Operations
Jarad Alley - Groundskeeper
Gerald Bass - Home Clubhouse Manager
Rick Pollack - Visiting Clubhouse Manager
Stadium Name: Isotopes Park
Stadium Dimensions and Features Home Plate to Wall Dimensions:
340' Left Foul Pole
383' Left-Center
428' Left side of Outfield Hill
400' Center of Outfield Hill
428' Right side of Outfield Hill
404' Right-Center
340' Right Foul Pole

Outfield Hill in straight-away center field (similar to Minutemaid Park, Houston) - 20 feet from wall to warning track, 4'6" tall, 127 feet across

Turf: Grass
Stadium Capacity: 11,124 Total Seats, breakdown as follows:

Lower Bowl: 8,605
Club Seating: 709
Upper Bowl: 1,270
Club-Level Suites: 288
Suite / Press Level Suites: 252

Berm and picnic areas add additional capacity.

Largest crowd to date: 13,380 on August 31, 2003
Stadium Architect HOK Sport, Kansas City, Missouri
Stadium Primary General Contractor Bradbury Stamm
Stadium Owner City of Albuquerque
Stadium Financing: - $10 Million General Obligation Bond
- $15 Million Loan from the New Mexico Finance Authority

10% surcharge on concessions, souvenirs, tickets to pay off loan

Rent: $700,000 a year for 25 years
Ticket Prices: $10.00 Box Seats
$8.00 Reserved
$5.00 Right-field fence lawn
Drive-in area - Closed until further notice

$1.00 off for Children, Seniors, and Active Military

Stadium Seating Chart available on the Isotopes official web site

Tickets available at the Albuquerque Isotopes Box Office or at Ticketmaster

Home Game Start Times: 7:11pm Monday-Saturday night games

12:05pm May 1, May 29, August 30, 2003

1:35pm Sundays in April and May

6:05pm Sundays in June, July, August

Who are the broadcast rightsholders? KNML-AM 610 "The Sports Animal" is the radio rightsholder.

No television rightsholder has been named
and traditionally the Albuquerque clubs have not had a television rightsholder.
Number of Suites: 30 suites
Team Mascot Name: Orbit
Where does the team name come from? It is a debated question.

Most say it comes from a March 2001 "The Simpsons" television show episode titled "Hungry, Hungry Homer" in which Homer discovers and foils a plan to move the Springfield Isotopes baseball team to Albuquerque.

Others say it is related to the atomic history in New Mexico. The first atomic bomb was developed and tested in New Mexico and there are two national laboratories in New Mexico - one in Los Alamos and one in Albuquerque.

Few say it is a stylish team name used to generate sales of team souvenirs.

History about the loss of the Albuquerque Dukes: Here is some info from my Albuquerque Dukes archive web page