Relaxed coronavirus restrictions will mean more tickets available for upcoming New Mexico United and Albuquerque Isotopes games.
Wednesday’s announcement that Bernalillo County will soon move from yellow to green in the state’s color-coded system bumps up early season attendance limits for both professional sports franchises at Isotopes Park. United will offer 600 additional tickets for each of its first two home matches. The Isotopes will add 900 tickets per game for their May homestands.
The change in restriction levels technically allows United and the Isotopes to increase their attendance from 25% to 50% of capacity. Because of social distancing requirements, however, neither franchise will immediately allow 50% attendance.
United plans to allow 3,700 fans for its May 15 and 29 matches, both of which had sold out at the 25% ticket threshold. The additional 600 tickets for each match will go on sale Thursday at 8 a.m. on the team’s website, newmexicounited.com.
The Isotopes will permit roughly 4,000 fans per game for their six-game home series beginning May 6 and May 20. The team began selling individual game tickets Wednesday for May games on its website, abqisotopes.com.
Isotopes general manager John Traub said relaxed restrictions will allow the interior areas of suites to be used during games. Traub added that early ticket sales were brisk.
“I think people have been very understanding through the pandemic,” Traub said, “but they also can’t wait to come back to the ballpark. We’re looking forward to having them back, that’s for sure.”