The Albuquerque Isotopes set a single-game attendance record on Saturday night at Isotopes Park as 16,975 fans attended the first Mariachis de Nuevo México game. The Cinco de Mayo crowd broke the previous record of 16,348 set on July 4, 2014.
As part of Minor League Baseball's initiative celebrating Hispanic heritage and culture, the Albuquerque Isotopes transformed into "Mariachis de Nuevo México" for Saturday's game.
The Mariachis are one of 33 teams across Minor League Baseball competing for the "Copa de la Diversion" or "Fun Cup." The initiative is a season-long event series specifically designed to embrace the culture and values that resonate most with participating teams' local Hispanic and Latino communities.
"We want to thank our fans for their amazing support in helping us establish this attendance record and supporting our push for the Copa Cup," said Isotopes General Manager John Traub. "We have been absolutely blown away by the support for the Mariachis. We are so grateful for this community and the support they continually show the Isotopes organization."
Isotopes Park will host three more Mariachis de Nuevo México games in 2018 on June 26, July 20 and Aug. 19.
The Isotopes have two more games remaining in their four-game set with the El Paso Chihuahuas. With a crowd of 10,472 on Friday to go along with Saturday's record-setting attendance, the Isotopes could break the all-time four-game series attendance record of 54,764 at Isotopes Park.
Tickets are available at the Isotopes Park Box Office, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or online at abqisotopes.com
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