Albuquerque Isotopes in the Communuty
This year marked the Isotopes 16th season in Albuquerque. The 2018 season was one for the books! Each year, the Isotopes have become more involved in the community by creating more opportunities to create awareness for local non-profits and organizations. The 2018 season was filled with so many memories, smiling fans, theme nights and player community appearances that will be cherished by the people of the community for years to come. Through numerous community outreach efforts, the Isotopes have been able to use the game of baseball to bring the members of the community together to celebrate life together.
The highlights from the 2018 season included four fun filled nights for the Copa de la Diversion event series in which the Albuquerque Isotopes became the Mariachis de Nuevo México to celebrate and embrace the culture and values of the Hispanic/Latino communities. The Isotopes also continued the Family Fridays theme nights that focused on the family unit by providing opportunities for ticket packages, costumes and themed food specials. Over 556,330 fans entered Isotopes Park in 2018 and the 9 millionth fan come through the gates this season.
The second Green Chile Cheeseburger Night brought fans into the ballpark to taste some new food menu items such as the green chile cheeseburger donut burger and community favorite Blake's Lotaburger was on the concourse for fans to purchase their favorite burger. The players wore their Green Chile Cheeseburger uniforms and the mascot, Orbit debuted the new mascot Green Chile Cheeseburger jersey.
The first Storybook Night took place this season and the Isotopes hosted a book drive to donate to the Read to Me Albuquerque and Title I schools in need. The staff and fans dressed up as literary characters and Dr. Seuss truffola trees decorated the concourse. Kids were able to show their creativity at the coloring station on the concourse.
The Isotopes administrative staff, event staff, players and mascot have contributed numerous hours to the community. This season, the Isotopes administrative staff has dedicated over 250 hours to the community in volunteer efforts. The administrative and event staff volunteered in 2018 for local non-profits, spoke to schools and community organizations and continued to give their personal time to help those in need. The staff collected items for both the school supply and book drive that the Isotopes hosted this season. The players volunteer to speak at treatment centers, assist at camps for children with disabilities and visit local hospitals to cheer and motivate the patients. The mascot Orbit attends community events all year long to bring awareness and excitement to local organizations.