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Albuquerque
Isotopes
Information

Team Name: Albuquerque Isotopes
MLB Affiliation: Los Angeles Dodgers - Player Development Contract through the 2010 season

Florida Marlins - (2003-2008 seasons)

Minor League Level: Triple-A (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
Who have played for the Isotopes? Isotopes All-Time Roster
Isotopes Owner: Albuquerque Baseball Club, L.L.C.
Isotopes Address,
Phone, Web:
1601 Avenida Cesar Chavez SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Phone: (505)924-BALL (924-2255)
Fax: (505)242-8899
Web: www.albuquerquebaseball.com
High-Profile
Management:
Ken Young, President

Emmett Hammond, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer

John Traub, General Manager

Stadium Name: Isotopes Park (13,279)
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

An Isotopes employee told me the right field fence is 14 feet tall and the left field fence is 12 feet tall (no second source to confirm the info has been found)

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: Total Capacity: 13,279

11,054 Chairbacks, breakdown as follows:
Reserved Seats: 5,851
Box Seats: 3,951
Club Seating: 712
Suite Seating: 540

Berm (1,800) and picnic areas (425) add additional capacity

Top Crowds in Isotopes Park History (going back to the first game in Isotopes Park history):
1) 15,189 on July 4, 2008
2) 15,020 on July 3, 2006
3) 15,004 on July 3, 2007
4) 14,744 on July 4, 2005
5) 14,547 on June 16, 2007
6) 14,177 on April 4, 2004 (Marlins/Isotopes Exhibition)
7) 13,576 on August 24, 2008
8) 13,501 on July 3, 2004
9) 13,398 on August 27, 2005
10) 13,390 on July 25, 2008
11) 13,380 on August 31, 2003
12) 13,345 on September 3, 2006
13) 13,210 on June 11, 2005
14) 13,193 on August 12, 2006
15) 13,168 on July 30, 2005
16) 13,100 on July 3, 2003
17) 13,013 on May 5, 2008
18) 13,012 on June 14, 2003
19) 13,009 on July 9, 2005
20) 12,928 on July 10, 2004
21) 12,831 on July 5, 2008
22) 12,742 on August 23, 2008
23) 12,738 on June 10, 2006
24) 12,695 on July 29, 2005
25) 12,420 on August 7, 2004
26) 12,415 on May 30, 2003
27) 12,367 on July 11, 2007 (Triple-A All-Star Game)
28) 12,287 on June 12, 2004
29) 12,278 on May 12, 2007
30) 12,268 on July 2, 2004
31) 12,254 on August 11, 2006
32) 12,249 on July 24, 2004
33) 12,245 on August 25, 2007
34) 12,236 on August 26, 2005
35) 12,228 on September 2, 2007
36) 12,215 on April 11, 2003 (Isotopes Park First Game)
Stadium Architect HOK Sports Facilities Group of Kansas City, Missouri
Stadium Primary General Contractor Bradbury Stamm
Groundbreaking April 1, 2002
Opened April 11, 2003
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: $13.00 Box Seats
($11.00 purchased in advance)

$11.00 Reserved
($9.00 purchased in advance)

$24.00 Club Level
($22.00 purchased in advance)

$6.00 Right-field berm (fence lawn)

Drive-in area - Closed until further notice

Stadium Seating Chart available on the Isotopes official web site

Tickets available at the Albuquerque Isotopes Box Office or at Ticketmaster

2008 Home Game Start Times: Typically 7:05pm or 6:35pm Weekdays and Saturday, 1:35pm or 6:05pm Sundays; there are a few 12:05pm starts sprinkled throughout the home schedule; consult the schedule for specific times
Who are the broadcast rightsholders? Citadel Communications is the radio rightsholder through the 2010 season. Citadel is airing games on KNML-AM 610 "The Sports Animal" in 2008. In 2008, the radio broadcasts can be received over the Internet for free - useful for fans not living in the area of KNML-AM's signal coverage.

No television rightsholder has been named
and traditionally the Albuquerque clubs have not had a television (broadcast or cable) rightsholder. In 2008, the Isotopes stream their internal video feed of home games over the Internet for a fee (on a per-game or on a "Season Ticket" basis).
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.

Isotopes Team History: 2008: 68-75 (2nd place, PCL American Conference Southern Division -- 7.5 games back of division winner Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers)
20-28 Division Record
Attendance: 593,606 (8,361 per-game average)

2007: 72-70 (2nd place, PCL American Conference Southern Division -- 2.0 games back of division winner New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets)
26-21 Division Record
Attendance: 563,686 (8,053 per-game average)

2006: 70-72 (4th place, PCL American Conference Southern Division -- 14.0 games back of division winner Round Rock Express (AAA Astros)
26-21 Division Record
Attendance: 581,308 (8,304 per-game average)

2005: 78-66 (2nd place, PCL American Conference Southern Division -- 2.5 games back of division winner Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers)
21-27 Division Record
Attendance: 582,839 (8,209 per-game average)

2004: 67-77 (4th place, PCL American Conference Central Division -- 12.5 games back of division winner Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs)
19-29 Division Record
Attendance: 575,607 (8,223 per-game average)

2003: 75-73 (74-70 Regular, 1-3 Playoffs)
26-22 Division Record
2003 PCL American Conference Central Division Champions
Attendance: 576,867 (regular season) (8,012 per-game average)
594,298 (regular season and playoffs)

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