The Albuquerque Isotopes, the AAA affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, play at Isotopes Park. The ballpark opened in 2002 seats 13,279. There is lots of $5 parking located across the street. The interior of the ballpark is nice with lots of seating around the field. In right field there is a terraced berm for lawn seating. There is a good varied menu to select from and prices are very reasonable. The Dodgers were playing the Fresno Grizzlies winning 8-7. The box score was Grizzlies R-7, H-10, E-0 and Isotopes R-8, H-10, E-1. The field lines are RF & LF-340', CF-400', RC-404', and LC-383'. In the centerfield area there is a sloping uphill area beyond the warning track that is in play. There are two levels of suite seating above the club seating area behind home plate. There is a large children's play area in RF with a merry-go-round. In LF there is a tiered picnic area. You can walk around the outfield. The bullpens are located in left field and are raised above field level. The Isotopes are on the right and the visiting team on the left. The temperature at game start was 88 degrees at 7:04 pm and had only cooled to 84 degrees at the end of the game. Lots of information is posted on the large video score board as the game goes along, pitcher info, batter info, update batting average after player bats. Jim noticed that playing for the Isotopes were three ex-Mariners players--Chone Figgins, Trayvon Robinson, and Carlos Triunfeld. Sonic is the mascot and comes on the field early in the game riding in a small truck that bounces around. One between inning activity is Build a Hamburger. One person (bottom bun) lays down and the other person (top bun) puts on hamburger, cheese, tomato, and lettuce and then jumps on top finishing the hamburger. There is a race between a red pepper, green pepper, catsup, taco, and a couple of other items. The red pepper ran away from the others tonight. This was National Hot Dog day, so there was a hot dog eating contest. The winner put down seven in the allotted time period.
Attractions
Albuquerque Museum of Art & History features art of the Southwest and explores 400 years of Albuquerque history through permanent displays, exhibitions and walking tours. Fee.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is a museum depicting the history and culture of New Mexico's 19 American Indian pueblos. Traditional dances and craft demonstrations take place weekends. Fee.
Old Town is the site of the city's original settlement, founded in 1706 and named for the Duke of Albuquerque. Old Town is a visible record of the area's evolution from small village to big city. Shops and galleries in Old Town Plaza offer arts, crafts and edible delicacies. American Indians sell their handicrafts around the plaza.