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Lobo Field

Albuquerque, NM

Home of the New Mexico Lobos

2.6

2.5

Lobo Field (map it)
University Blvd SE & Sunshine Terrace SE
Albuquerque, NM 87131


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Year Opened: 0

Capacity: 1,000

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Lobo Evolution

Lobo Field is evolving. Home to the University of New Mexico baseball team in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this venue re-opened in 2013 after the first part of a major, multi-million dollar renovation. There was quite a gap in occupancy as the Lobos played their home games across the street at the Albuquerque Isotopes AAA stadium for nine seasons. The Lobos may be back home, but their home isn’t complete. Lobo Field still has some growing to do.

With the completion of this first phase of the renovation, Lobo Field now has completely new features: a full synthetic playing surface, bleachers behind home plate, scoreboard, symmetrical outfield wall, and basic dugouts. Future phases promise more upgrades to all the facilities.

Meanwhile, the team’s evolution is outpacing the facility renovations. Head coach Ray Birmingham has grown the team into a Mountain West Conference powerhouse with tremendous recent success, including multiple NCAA tournament appearances as well as regular season and conference tournament championships.

2.6

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    1

Let's get the bad out of the way quickly. The only food option inside the complex is a small trailer with questionable hot dogs and bottled soft drinks from a cooler. You are much better off starting your experience two miles north near the UNM campus at one of the places listed below in the neighborhood section.

Atmosphere    4

Surprisingly good. The ball field is part of a bigger UNM sports complex that includes tennis and softball and the large entry plaza welcomes fans nicely. The main seating area behind home plate is small, but that helps bring the fans together.

The views are the best part. The outfield vista is framed by the Sandia Mountains, which turn watermelon color ("Sandia") as the sun goes down. And don't miss the spectacular sunset over your left shoulder. The high desert setting produces the best land sunsets anywhere. The wind is a constant during the spring, so bring an extra layer beyond what you think you need.

Neighborhood    3

The main parking lot for Lobo Field is shared with "The Pit," UNM's basketball arena and site of the famous 1983 NCAA Tournament win by NC State. In fact, Lobo Field is on the same corner as The Pit, Isotopes Park (AAA baseball) and University Stadium (UNM football). The confluence of venues really makes it feel like a sports destination, despite the lack of nearby establishments for pre- and post-game activities. The mammoth Brian Urlacher poster on the side of University Stadium is directly over the right-center field wall and reminds the fans of fall football while watching spring baseball.

Near the UNM campus check out Saggio's for the best pizza in Albuquerque (as ranked by my wife, the chef) and your choice of beverage. In fact, the campus is along Central Ave, which is more famously known as Route 66. If pizza doesn't suit you, the Duke City is famous for green-chile cheeseburgers, so give that a try at any Blake's Lotaburgers around town. If you don't stop off before the game, bring your own snacks because the food trailer is not the way to go.

Fans    2

UNM has their diehards, that's for sure. The spring weather can be brutal at times, so the regulars really want to be there. New student housing recently went in just to the west of the sports complex, so some students trickle in and out during the game, but seating options are abundant for the most part. Schedule your visit for a game against the Air Force Academy and you might get some visiting team fans in uniform from Kirtland Air Force Base just down the street.

Access    4

Getting to Lobo Field is simple. Take I-25 to the Cesar Chavez exit just east of downtown. If you are already in the campus area, just head south on University. The Field is directly behind The Pit - you can't miss it. Plenty of free parking. Restrooms, however, aren't as easy. This phase of the renovation must have fallen short of funding for restrooms, as portable toilets are your only option.

Return on Investment    3

Five bucks gets you in the gate, so not too bad. Once inside, there is plenty of space and grass to play catch or just stroll around during a pitching change. As mentioned, the scenic views are an added bonus and allow for a sense of overall "worth-it-ness." Really, there is plenty to look at and enjoy visually, but you might want to bring your own seatback as it's bleacher seating only.

Extras    1

Good tip for a point: grab a seat in the last row directly under the press box and eavesdrop listen to Robert Portnoy do the local radio call of the game. It definitely adds to the overall enjoyment and Robert really knows how to call a game after many years as the Isotopes play-by-play man. Getting a tip on the third baseman's hitting streak, the visiting team's current state of play, or the starting pitcher's development makes the innings fly by.

Final Thoughts

Even though there is no doubt the new Lobo Field is in the beginning stages of growth, UNM manages to give the fans a solid experience despite the growing pains. They have a ways to go to make it an experience on par with other major universities, but with new facilities, mountain views, great sunsets, and quality college baseball - it's an evolution worth checking out.

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