Smoky Air Causes Club To Make Change
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —
Acting on pessimistic forecasts that call for smoky air around Isotopes Park tonight, the Albuquerque Isotopes have moved up their Pacific Coast League baseball game against the Nashville Sounds to a 4:35 p.m. first pitch.
The postgame fireworks show is scheduled to go on, however, even if it’s not fully dark by the final out.
The Isotopes caught a break from excessively bad smoke originating from the Arizona wildfire for the first two games of the homestand.
However, general manager John Traub said the club has been in constant communication with the National Weather Service, local meteorologists and other public health officials. The consensus feedback is that the level of smoke will be heavy, and thus unhealthy, tonight.
The original game time was 7:05 p.m. Gates will open today at 3:30.
Traub said the switch is “in the interest of public health” for fans, players and employees. It’s not a move the Isotopes otherwise make lightly. The postgame fireworks promotions routinely are the most popular put on by the ballclub. By late Friday afternoon, ticket sales for today’s game already were around 7,000.
The Isotopes hope to use special daytime fireworks, similar to the ones that go off at the conclusion of the national anthem. Even in routine circumstances, fireworks shows require the go-ahead of the fire marshal. High winds could force a cancellation.
Asked what ticket holders who might be inconvenienced by the change in start times should do, Traub said to call the club’s customer service representatives today at 924-2255.
Capsule – Nashville at Albuquerque, 4:35 p.m. Radio: KNML-AM (610)