Some sports open to fans
Strict public health order restrictions in New Mexico loosened
Isotopes, Lobos and some preps to allow limited attendees.
Thanks, but no thanks, Sod Poodles. The Lobos are going to stay in Albuquerque this week, after all.
While the news Wednesday of loosened public health order restrictions around New Mexico covered plenty of ground, in the sports realm, the headliner was clear.
For the first time in 347 days, live sporting events — under certain circumstances and in certain venues — are allowed again in New Mexico.
In some cases, much to the delight of college and professional teams in the Albuquerque area that are dependent on the revenue generation of ticket sales, fans can even return to cheer on their teams.
And for the immediate future, it means UNM baseball coach Ray Birmingham won’t need to gas up his pickup to follow the team bus to Amarillo on Thursday for a “home” series against Air Force, which was set to be played at HODGETOWN Stadium, home of the minor league Amarillo Sod Poodles. Now it will be played Saturday (a doubleheader) and Sunday at home.
“It’s fantastic,” Birmingham said of the news on a conference call, moments after demonstrating his initial reaction to the news that consisted of a loud scream and a fist pump.
The prospects for high school sports, meanwhile, didn’t change as the day’s news was venue-based, not making any specific changes to the health order.
Said Birmingham, “We’re excited. We want to show off a new ballpark (UNM renovated its baseball stadium this past offseason). We want to show