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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) 15,358 on July 4, 2009
2) 15,321 on June 23, 2009
3) 15,189 on July 4, 2008
4) 15,083 on June 25, 2009
5) 15,020 on July 3, 2006
6) 15,004 on July 3, 2007
7) 14,744 on July 4, 2005
8) 14,547 on June 16, 2007
9) 14,177 on April 4, 2004 (Marlins/Isotopes Exhibition)
10) 13,576 on August 24, 2008
11) 13,501 on July 3, 2004
12) 13,398 on August 27, 2005
13) 13,390 on July 25, 2008
14) 13,380 on August 31, 2003
15) 13,345 on September 3, 2006
16) 13,210 on June 11, 2005
17) 13,193 on August 12, 2006
18) 13,168 on July 30, 2005
19) 13,100 on July 3, 2003
20) 13,085 on August 29, 2009
21) 13,076 on June 24, 2009
22) 13,013 on May 5, 2008
23) 13,012 on June 14, 2003
24) 13,009 on July 9, 2005
25) 12,928 on July 10, 2004
26) 12,831 on July 5, 2008
27) 12,742 on August 23, 2008
28) 12,738 on June 10, 2006
29) 12,695 on July 29, 2005
30) 12,525 on July 31, 2009
31) 12,420 on August 7, 2004
32) 12,415 on May 30, 2003
33) 12,367 on July 11, 2007 (Triple-A All-Star Game)
34) 12,287 on June 12, 2004
35) 12,278 on May 12, 2007
36) 12,268 on July 2, 2004
37) 12,254 on August 11, 2006
38) 12,249 on July 24, 2004
39) 12,245 on August 25, 2007
40) 12,236 on August 26, 2005
41) 12,228 on September 2, 2007
42) 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

2009 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; a couple odd 4:05pm starts also in 2009; 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 2009. Radio broadcasts can be heard over the Internet at albuquerquebaseball.com - 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 2009, select stadium feeds involving the Isotopes can be viewed via MiLB.TV.
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