Isotopes, United prepared to welcome more fans to the stands

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- More tickets are available for Isotopes and United games.

Bernalillo County moved into the Turquoise level of restrictions about 24 hours before the Isotopes will play their first game in more than a year.

The Turquoise level of restrictions allows the park to fill up to 75% of capacity.

"It’s just kind of dizzying how quickly things are changing, and we’re doing our best to adapt," said John Traub, general manager of the Isotopes.

Opening these gates after the 2020 season was canceled is emotional.

"We lost a very very dear member of our team of our staff to COVID complications back in November," Traub said. "Somebody who had been with us for almost 20 years. Its’ been difficult and tomorrow represents you know a chance for some closure."

"Baseball has always been a part of the healing process in this country, and certainly now it’s never been more important than it is now to provide that healing for communities," Traub added.

New Mexico United will play their first home game of the season May 15.

Peter Trevisani, owner of the team, is happy to welcome more people to watch the game. But he said safety will still be a priority.

"We’re really expected to be packed, and not quite packed, but semi packed and certainly loud," he said.