City officials talk Isotopes Park reopening

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – City officials are revealing some of the changes that Isotopes and New Mexico United fans can expect when they’re welcomed back into the stands at Isotopes Park this spring. New Mexico United Owner Peter Trevisani said now that they can have fans in the stands at 25% capacity under the Yellow Level for reopening, they’re going to get creative to make it work.

“Now the challenge is working very closely with the Isotopes, the city, the fire marshal, to make sure that we have a layout in this stadium that is safe,” Trevisani stated.

City officials at the news conference Friday say it’s too soon to know what the plan will look like, such as where fans will have to buy tickets online ahead of time, how people will be entering the park and what the setups will look like for concessions and the gift shop.

“There is still much work to be done,” Mayor Tim Keller added. “I’m sure we’re going to look at all the different options whether that’s online ticketing only or you know is it a lottery? And all these kinds of things.”

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The Yellow Level allows the park to have 25% capacity, or about 3,000 fans in the stands when the Isotopes season tentatively starts on April 8, followed by the United in early May.

Trevisani added that the United “absolutely cannot” make a profit off that capacity, but that they’re excited to be able to have an at-home advantage after spending last season on the road, and to bring fans together again.

“We need to bring people back together and we need to put dollars and cents aside a little bit knowing that one day we will be back to full capacity. One day we will be in a better financial place,” Trevisani stated.

The fire marshal will have to do a run-through and the state has to sign off on the reopening plan before the park gates can open. The city also hopes to use the stadium to host concerts in the off-seasons.

On Wednesday, the New Mexico Department of Health announced the updated statewide COVID-19 map which showed Bernalillo County remains in the Yellow Level. According to the newly modified color-coded framework, this means that the county can now allow 25% of maximum capacity at outdoor sporting events and fans can attend Albuquerque Isotopes and New Mexico United games.

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