The New Mexico baseball team is making a venue change starting with this weekend’s game versus San Diego State.
UNM shifted its remaining home schedule from Isotopes Park to Lobo Field, pending approval from the Mountain West offices.
The Lobos have played a significant portion of their schedule at Isotopes Park for the past 10 seasons. Game schedules will be adjusted for Lobo Field’s lack of lights.
“We have to have our own place to play,” said head coach Ray Birmingham in a press release. “The kids deserve their own field to practice and play on, and now we have that. They have earned it.”
Lobo Field had major renovations last season including new turf, scoreboard, dugouts, bullpens and bleachers. The University also intends to add concession areas, a new press area and more bleachers. Other future additions include lights and a permanent locker room.
“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 thletics director Paul Krebs in a press release.
This season was intended to be the christening of the newly improved Lobo Field, but the Lobos started the season at Isotopes Park because the full occupancy permit was not acquired until recently. UNM played its first games at Lobo Field since the 2010 season in a doubleheader against Nevada on Sunday. The Lobos lost the first contest 3-2 before winning the second game 7-5.