ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico United are scheduled to start playing games again in a little more than a month but like with so many things right now everything will look a lot different. Fans mark your calendars for July 11. That’s when the USL wants to start playing games with teams being local guidelines. Here in New Mexico, that means there will likely not be any fan in the stands at least for a while.
“We are going to just start the season with no fans in the stands and just broadcast the games on TV and the radio in English and Spanish. We felt like it’d be great just to get the games out there- even if people couldn’t be in the stands and it’d provide a sense of comfort and fun and something we could all do together– just remotely,” said majority owner & CEO of New Mexico United, Peter Trevisani.
Trevisani says it is possible fans will eventually be allowed to watch but how many and when is dependant on the governor’s orders. As for the schedule on the team’s website Trevisani says fans can consider it a collector’s item. He says the league is working on a new schedule that will consist of 16 games and will all be played regionally. With New Mexico’s airline travel restrictions still in place, the team will be bussed to play teams like Phoenix, Colorado Springs and El Paso several times. Trevisani says when teams do come to New Mexico it’s possible home games will not be played at Isotopes Park.
“Obviously a big part of playing at the lab is the atmosphere and what a great park it is and so without fans, it is possible to play somewhere else but ultimately I would still love to play there because it is our home,” Trevisani said. He says they are in talks with the Topes about still playing at the park but nothing is finalized.
One issue New Mexico United won’t have to deal with is sharing Isotopes Park with the Isotopes. The Minor League Baseball season has all but officially been canceled for the year. Trevisani says the team will announce their new schedule within the next couple of weeks.
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