From professional soccer to professional hockey and everything in between, Albuquerque is home to a variety of professional and collegiate-level sports teams. Throughout the year, you’re sure to find a plethora of fun and unique sporting experiences to enjoy. 

New Mexico United 

In 2018 Albuquerque became home to the United Soccer League (USL) team New Mexico United. With a dedicated and enthusiastic fan base, experiencing a game is sure to delight and excite. Get caught up in the energy that begins with pregame tailgating parties in the parking lot and continues as the crowd celebrates every goal. The United season runs from March to October.

NM United

Duke City Gladiators

The Duke City Gladiators is Albuquerque’s top-notch professional indoor football team. They play in the Rio Rancho Events Center. These thrilling games offer a fast-paced, entertaining, family-friendly experience along with support for both the community and local youth athletics. The Gladiators season runs from March to July.

New Mexico Bullsnakes

The New Mexico Bullsnakes is a professional basketball team in the American Basketball Association (ABA). Spectators will enjoy community-based, fun and affordable professional basketball with a team that every sports fan will love. The Bullsnakes season runs from October to February.

Albuquerque Isotopes

Albuquerque Isotopes is a minor league team in the Pacific Coast League and an AAA baseball affiliate to the Colorado Rockies. With Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park serving as their home game location, you can soak up the sights and sounds of a classic ballpark experience. As you munch on a stadium hot dog, you can take in a mesmerizing view of the Sandia Mountains to your east. The Isotopes season runs from April to September.

ABQ Isotopes

New Mexico Ice Wolves

Albuquerque may average over 300 days of sunshine per year, but the city is proud to be the headquarters of the North American Hockey League's (NAHL) New Mexico Ice Wolves. Playing at Outpost Ice Arena October through May, the New Mexico Ice Wolves sure know how to put on a good game. 

The Lobos 

College athletics are represented in Albuquerque by the University of New Mexico Athletics Department (the UNM Lobos). From football in the fall to lively basketball games at The Pit, you’ll get to cheer on these teams like a true local and experience the roar of the crowd chanting “Everyone’s a Lobo!”

Indoor Track & Field 

The Albuquerque Convention Center is home to world-class indoor track and field events January through March. The state-of-the-art track is a huge draw, keeping Albuquerque top-of-mind as a premier indoor track and field destination and allowing the city to host national track events such as the 2024 USATF Indoor Championships.

Male runners competing in an event cross the finish line at the 2024 USATF Indoor ChampionshipsPhoto Credit: Core-Visual

Year-Round Events 

Albuquerque hosts a variety of other sporting events throughout the year that are worth checking out. Be sure to visit our events calendar and filter by “sports/fitness” to see a comprehensive list of upcoming sporting events and ticketing information.