Thursday, March 3, 2011

PLANNING ON COMING TO ALBUQUERQUE TO SEE AN ISOTOPES GAME

Photo Credit Evan: Isotopes park

I have received e-mails from people asking about coming to Albuquerque and seeing an Isotopes game.  So  I thought I would try and sell my city to you.

First lets start with travel.  I recommend flying.  Nothing against driving, but it is 800 miles from Los Angeles to Albuquerque and about a 12 hour drive.  I have done both.  With the price of gas it is probably cheaper to fly. 

You can fly round trip from LAX to Albuquerque for about $235 round trip on Southwest.  The flight is about an 1 hour 45 minutes.  Southwest has flights all day long to and from Albuquerque to Los Angeles.  you can check flights by going to Southwest.com.

Next you will need a place to stay.  one good thing about Albuquerque is that from just about anywhere in the city you are about 15 to 20 minutes away from Isotopes Park. 

I thought real hard about where I would want to stay if I were a fan visiting Albuquerque.  When I travel I only stay at Hampton Inns, but the nearest one to Isotopes park is in a boring part of town.  So I am going to recommend staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Uptown.

I have never stayed there but I have done business with them and it is real clean and less than a mile from the Coronado Center mall and ABQ Uptown outdoor mall. 

The surrounding area restaurants are Gardunos which I recommend.  Gardunos give you a taste of New Mexican food.  Other restaurants in the area include Chillis, California Pizza Kitchen, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Marcellos Chop House, Elephant Bar, and many others.  There is also a Starbucks.

Photo Credit Evan: Isotopes Park

Since we are on the topic of food  I recommend Los Cuates restaurant.  That is one of mine and my wife favorite places to eat.  If you go there before an Isotopes game you might even see us there grabbing a bite before the game.

Los Cuates is also a sponsor of the Albuquerque Isotopes and holds the chilli race at Isotopes Park during the game.

Now lets get to the most important reason you are coming to Albuquerque.  To see the Isotopes.  I recommend buying tickets before you even come to Albuquerque.  If it is a popular promotion tickets might go fast.  You can get Isotope tickets buy going to the Isotopes website at Albuquerquebaseball.com.

Photo Credit Evan

There is not a bad seat in the house, but I do have my favorite place to sit. I prefer box level section 113, that's where my seats are.  I like to see the players as they come out of the club house.  So if you want autographs I say Sections 113, or 115.  I also like 111.

Photo Credit Evan: John Ely signs autographs at Isotopes Park

Autograph's are very easy to obtain at Isotopes Park.  I recommend before or after the game, at the tunnel that leads from the club house to the dugout.

You can see a seating chart of Isotopes park by clicking here

Photo Credit Evan: A J Ellis at Isotopes Park

Ticket price are pretty reasonable costing between $22.00 and $6.00.  You can get all ticket pricing information by clicking here.

Gates open one hour before game and parking is $5.00.  For parking information click here.

When it comes to eating at the park I really only eat Dions Pizza.  I do get a funnel cake every now and then.  I say if you like something stick with it.  And I really like Dions Pizza.

The other concessions at the park include, Pecos River Cafe, Santa Fe Trail, Batters Up, Black Angus, and Dions Pizza.  You can see menus of all the food concessions by clicking here.

O.K. so you have eaten New Mexican food, went to an Isotopes game and you want to catch the last couple of innings of the Dodger game have a cold beer, and be in walking distance from the hotel.  I recommend Uptown Sports Bar It is less than a mile from the hotel and is a great place to watch a Dodger game.

What else can you experience in Albuquerque?  I recommend going to Old Town. or even driving up to Santa Fe and Taos.

Photo Credit Evan:  I promise the snow will have melted by May

One other thing I recommend is going to ride the Sandia Peak Tram.


Photo Credit Evan

 I hope I have persuaded you to make a trip to Albuquerque.  If you have any comments or questions e-mail me at newmexicofan@gmail.com.