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Another year, another big ‘Topes check to city

Albuquerque IsotopesThe Albuquerque Isotopes (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) did it again: ownership will pay $1,521,967.02 to the City of Albuquerque at city-owned Isotopes Park, in the annual ceremony of handing over a check on Opening Day.

The payment will be made at tonight’s season opener. The payment represents the basic rent sum plus surcharge amounts paid by the team to the city, per the Isotopes lease.

According to the team, the amount paid is directly correlated to how well the club has done financially since its inception in 2003. With this year’s payment of $1,521,967.02, the total amount given to the city in the team’s ten seasons is $18,821,967.02, an average of nearly $2 million a year.

“We’re delighted to once again share the immense success of the Isotopes with our partners, the City of Albuquerque,” said Isotopes President Ken Young. “We’re extremely grateful for the unparalleled support the city has given this franchise since its arrival in 2003 and with our partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers, we’re excited for another great season in 2013 and beyond.”

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