Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park
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|Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park|
|Location||Albuquerque, NM United States |
Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, NM, is the home of the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Colorado Rockies' Pacific Coast League farm team. It was also slated to be the Rockies' 2020 Coronavirus pandemic alternate training site until New Mexico imposed a 14-day quarantine, making it impractical for this purpose.
A previous ballpark on this site, Albuquerque Sports Stadium, was built in 1969. After its condition cost the city its previous PCL franchise, the Albuquerque Dukes, voters chose renovation over replacement. This led to a local game of semantics after its 2003 debut: The 'Topes say it "opened" that year but their then co-tenant, the University of New Mexico Lobos, said it is a "renovated" version of their shared playpen.
Designed by renowned baseball architect HOK Sport (now Populous), Isotopes Park brought the Calgary Cannons of the PCL to town. It hosted the 2007 Triple-A All-Star Game and, early in the 2022 season, the 10 millionth fan at a 'Topes game.
The longtime-parent Los Angeles Dodgers left partly because its altitude makes it such a hitters' park - which is of course Rockies-perfect.
RGCU signed a 10-year field-naming deal in February 2020, resulting in its unwieldy official name.
|Current ballparks in the Pacific Coast League|
|East Division||West Division|
|Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark | Constellation Field | Dell Diamond | Isotopes Park | Southwest University Park||Cheney Stadium | Greater Nevada Field | Las Vegas Ballpark | Smith's Ballpark | Sutter Health Park|