The Albuquerque Isotopes debuted their new, but temporary, name during Saturday night’s Cinco de Mayo game — and it was a grand slam.
With Mariachi music blaring and baseball players introduced with their new team’s name, it was hard to tell that the ballpark was the home of the Albuquerque Isotopes.
“First ever, inaugural introduction of the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico,” says John Traub, the General Manager for the Albuquerque Isotopes.
During the next few months, the Isotopes will be the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico for one night each month.
“We’re transforming the whole ballpark, from the lab to the plaza. We’re going to have live Mariachi bands playing throughout the stadium,” Traub says.
Traub says Cinco de Mayo was the perfect day to make the Mariachis debut.
“Mariachis are such a part of the culture not only in our city, our state, but in our region,” says Traub.
More than 14,000 people bought pre-sale tickets. The General Manager of the Isotopes predicts tonight’s attendance will be record-breaking.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we hit close, or exceed 16,000 tonight,” Traub says.
So far, the new name is a hit with the crowd.
“Well you notice I have my ball cap on. I think it’s phenomenal,” says Dan Stoddard.
“I’m a big fan of it. I always wear my lucky sombrero to the lobo games of course. I think it’s a great way to promote the team,” says Carlos Tenorio.
The game set a single-game attendance record at Isotopes Park with just less than 17,000 fans.