Fans head to Isotopes Park for season opener

Posted at: 04/04/2013 6:07 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Baseball fans are starting to make their way into Isotopes Park for the season opener.

What a great evening for baseball: The fans, the hot dogs, the peanuts and Cracker Jacks, and perfect weather at the ballpark as the Isotopes start the season against the Iowa Cubs.

Coming to isotopes park has become more than just watching baseball, it's a night out for food, beverage, great weather with America’s pastime as a backdrop. Over the years they've had over 5.8 million fans come through the renovated stadium since the Isotopes took over in April 2003.

Hall of fame Dodgers manager Tommy lasorda will be on hand.

The ballpark is the site of old memories for many New Mexicans....

Isotopes Park sits on the same spot where the historic Albuquerque Sports Stadium once stood. It was built in 1971, but in 2002 the stadium underwent major renovations and re-opened as Isotopes Park in 2003.

Parts of the original stadium remain: The concrete walls near each dugout, and the trademark baseball in front of the park.