Guide to Isotopes Games with Kids :: Play Ball!

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Baseball is known to be America’s pastime. Here in Albuquerque, it’s obvious that we agree. We’re lucky enough to house one of the biggest Triple A baseball teams in the nation. Our Albuquerque Isotopes have one of the highest attendance ratings in the league, thanks to the awesome fans. If you’ve never been to a game or it’s been awhile, let us help you out with this guide. You’re guaranteed to have a great time!

Schedule

The Isotopes season will typically run from March to September. For home games, they have a variety of promotional games that are always really fun to catch. These promotional games include the Kids Fun Run, Fireworks Night, Giveaways, Bark in the Park, and the highly popular Mariachi Night. These promotional games are listed on the Isotopes schedule.

If you are interested in one of the giveaways, please plan to arrive early. It is normal for fans to arrive hours before the gates open to secure a promotional giveaway item.

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Tickets

Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office or online. Price ranges from $10 to $35 based on the schedule. Berm tickets can only be purchased the day of the game. These are the only tickets that are not available for advanced purchase, unless the game has sold out in advance. Children 2 and older do require a purchased ticket.

Children 2-12 and seniors are eligible for a $2 discount in the Reserved Level only.

Know Before You Go

Before you enter the stadium, there are a few rules you definitely need to know. Rio Grande Credit Union field follows the Clear Bag Policy. This means you are not allowed to take in any purses or bags unless they are clear. You can purchase these bags at the Pro Shop, Big 5, Walmart, and online. Diaper bags and medical bags are exempt from this rule. But those are subject to search.

Here are a few of the must-haves that I pack:

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Cap
  • Umbrella
  • Tylenol/Pepto
  • Hand wipes/sanitizer
  • Baseball glove
  • Small wallet
  • Bottled water

CNM Guest Services Booth

The CNM Guest Services Booth, located behind Section 102 on the concourse, will be open at the same time as the gates and will stay open until approximately 30 minutes following the game to assist with lost items, lost guests, emergencies, accommodations, or any other questions or concerns that may arise.

This is also where you can collect an “It’s my first ISOTOPES game!” pin from a staff member.

IsotopesMy top tips for attending a game with kids:

  1. Avoid seats in the 117-126 area if you can. This is where the majority of the fly balls will go. Be alert, and keep your baseball glove close in case a fly ball does come your way.
  2. Pack bottled water. They allow as many bottles as you’d like. Just make sure these are factory-sealed plastic bottles.
  3. Dress in layers. We’re in Albuquerque, and the weather is unpredictable. Best to be prepared with a light sweater/rain gear.
  4. If you do sit on the lawn, know that Orbit’s Kid Zone is right behind you. This area does require separate tickets to be purchased at the Fun Zone ticket booth at the Fun Zone entrance.
  5. Remember that this is a CASHLESS FACILITY. Credit cards/tap to pay only.
  6. Every bathroom is equipped with changing tables. There are family restrooms located at the facilities on the 1st and 3rd base sides of the stadium.
  7. Keep in mind there is no re-entry to the stadium.
  8. Mariachi nights are the most popular nights, so plan for these games well in advance.
  9. Buy Isotopes gear at your local Target. It is a fraction of the cost of what is found in the Pro Shop.
  10. Looking for Orbit? When Orbit is not on the field dancing to Baby Shark, you can usually find him taking photos near Section 111, at the Third Base Entrance.

Don’t forget to eat a hotdog and just enjoy the baseball atmosphere. There’s no better feeling!

Go Topes!



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