Albuquerque on Track to See United, Topes Return to Stadium, Cultural Sites Reopen

Continued effort, focus needed to reach Green, then Turquoise under State restrictions

Feb. 26, 2021

Mayor Tim Keller joined NM United and City Officials today for a briefing to discuss what’s at stake for the Metro Area as we push first to Green, then aim for Turquoise status under the State’s new Public Health Order. While still in Yellow, numbers continued to drop this week, showing that the metro is trending in the right direction and could see the return of local favorites like the Isotopes, United, and more this year.

“Our recent move to Yellow shows that we are on the right track. If we keep going, Green and Turquoise could mean we’re back together again this year rooting on the United or the Topes and celebrating the culture and events that help make life in Albuquerque so special,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “We are not there yet but if we keep focused on what we know works, it is within reach.”

Officials also outlined the critical role the Fire Marshal, code and health inspectors play in approving specific facility’s plans to open under COVID-safe restrictions. Both public and private facility operators’ ability to open is contingent on approval by respective city public health order enforcement officials, as outlined in the City’s existing emergency order.

Mayor Keller highlighted the impact on some of the cultural attractions, recreation facilities, and other local family favorites that could be coming back soon if the Metro Area remains on track:

Outdoor Facilities

Indoor Facilities

With Covid-safe practices in place, many outdoor facilities will be able to open at 25% capacity under Yellow, 50% under Green, and 75% under Turquoise. They include:

Indoor facilities face more restrictions, and many remain closed during Yellow. But under Green and Turquoise several sites will re-open, first at 25% and then at 50% capacity. They include:

Isotopes Park

Kimo Theater

Railyards Plaza

Kiva Theater

Balloon Fiesta Park

Community Centers not is use for essential childcare

Civic Plaza

Convention Center

Old Town Plaza and Gazebo


Tingley Beach

Senior Centers and Multi-gen Centers

BioPark Zoo and Botanic Garden

South Broadway Theater

City Parks


Museum Outdoor Theater


Peter Trevisani, President and CEO of the New Mexico United said: “We're thrilled to be back playing at this beautiful park. New Mexico United is about so much more than playing soccer; it's a family, it's a community. This is our living room, this is where we gather. So much of the experience is when our fans and supporters can see each other.”

In a statement, Isotopes Baseball Club Vice President and General Manager John Traub said, “We’re thrilled to be able to welcome people back into the ballpark. We promise to do our best to operate the facility in a safe and responsible manner while abiding by COVID safe practices and continuing to deliver the national past time in a way that nearly 10,000,000 fans have enjoyed since 2003.”

Shelle Sanchez, Director of Arts and Culture said: “We are optimistically looking forward to partnering with local presenters and arts and cultural organizations to plan small steps forward and implement creative uses of outdoor spaces and limited indoor spaces as restrictions lift in the coming weeks and month.”

“There are great things to look forward to as we reach the milestones that let us loosen more restrictions,” said City COO Lawrence Rael. “Let’s keep our eye on the ball so we can enjoy the many activities and opportunities Albuquerque has to offer.”