Lobo Baseball Moves Remaining Home Games to Lobo Field
March 26, 2013
Albuquerque, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico baseball program will play the remainder of its home schedule at Lobo Field, starting with this weekend's Mountain West series with San Diego State. UNM had played most of its games at Isotopes Park for the previous ten seasons. The move of the remainder of the schedule is pending final approval from the Mountain West offices.
As Lobo Field does not have lights, game times will be adjusted. This weekend's home games at Lobo Field will be played at 2 p.m., with the Saturday home game at 1 p.m. Most conference series consist of single games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but this weekend's series is Thursday through Saturday because of Easter Sunday.
The Isotopes are the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The change in home venue for the Lobos will help to alleviate some of the congested usage of Isotopes Park and allow the Topes staff to ready the park for their season opening series next week. It will also allow for the Lobos to play their home games in the same facility in which they practice in and take batting practice in. When playing games at Isotopes Park, the team would take batting practice and infield on FieldTurf but play on a natural grass surface.
"We need to have our own place to play," said head coach Ray Birmingham. "The kids deserve their own field to practice and play on, and now we have that. They have earned it."
Lobo Field received a major upgrade that started last year during the season. It received a FieldTurf playing surface, upgraded scoreboard, dugouts, bullpens, and bleachers as a part of the first phase of the Lobo Field renovation. Further renovations and phases will enhance the concessions areas, the fan plaza between Lobo Field and the softball field, the press areas and the bleachers. Adding lights and a permanent locker room is also on the list of future enhancements to Lobo Field.
"We are very thankful and appreciative of the Isotopes staff that has worked very hard over the past ten years to help Lobo baseball," said Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs. "We are very happy with our partnership with the Isotopes, and we hope to be able to continue that in the future."
The original hope for the team was to play this season at Lobo Field. However the team started the year at Isotopes Park as the full occupancy permit was not obtained until recently. The ultimate plan was to eventually play most games at Lobo Field with a potential to showcase a set of games or tournament played at Isotopes Park.
"Moving the games to Lobo Field will allow the team to have a permanent home, and it will alleviate some of the conflicts with the Isotopes when both teams have home games on the same day," said Krebs. "We are very proud of the work done in phase one to make Lobo Field a great collegiate baseball facility, and we are proud that we can showcase it during this season. We are thankful for the support from the state of New Mexico and the many individual supporters who have helped make this facility a reality."
The Lobos played a doubleheader on Sunday at Lobo Field against the Nevada Wolf Pack, losing the opening game 3-2 before winning the nightcap 7-5. For more information or to get involved with the renovations at Lobo Field, contact Rob Clark with the Lobo Club at 505-925-5607.