What a great milestone: the Albuquerque Isotopes (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) are set to welcome the 6-millionth fan in franchise history to Isotopes Park.
The Isotopes are a mere 554 fans away from reaching the milestone, meaning the lucky fan will enter the ballpark not long after the gates open at 6:00 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early, as the lucky person to walk through the gates will receive a prize package that includes $600 worth of airline tickets anywhere they would like to fly, courtesy of Classic Travel.
The Isotopes are one of the great stories in Minor League Baseball the last decade. Albuquerque had lost the old Dukes franchise, and city officials regrouped with a rebuilding of the old town ballpark into Isotopes Park, still one of the best and most fun ballparks in all of baseball. Give team president Ken Young and GM John Traub a lot of credit for bringing baseball back to New Mexico and keeping the experience fresh.
“We are so humbled by the wonderful support that the fans have shown us,” Traub said. “We are very proud that the fans have made us part of the fiber of this community.”
In their 11th season, the Isotopes currently rank third among the 16-team Pacific Coast League in attendance with an average this season of nearly 7,100 fans per game thus far. The club has ranked in the top five for overall attendance and average attendance in the Pacific Coast League since they came into existence in 2003. The Isotopes have averaged 579,389 fans per season over their first 10 years.
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