The Alamodome is an indoor multi-purpose stadium located in San Antonio, Texas. The stadium opened its doors on May 15, 1993, and it can accommodate up to 64,000 people. The $186 million worth stadium was built to increase San Antonio’s convention traffic and attract a professional football franchise. For over a decade, the San Antonio Spurs played in this stadium before they moved to the AT&T Center in Bexar County. In this article, we will know more about the features of Alamodome and the notable events in the stadium.
Features of the Alamodome
The Alamodome is considered a rectilinear 5-level stadium that can seat up to 64,000 people and expand up to 72,000 spectators. The design of the stadium was intended to be easily convertible into basketball or hockey arena. It only takes 12-18 hours to convert the Alamodome into a basketball or a hockey arena. Aside from that, the Alamodome can also be adapted into a smaller auditorium space with an intimate and enclosed setting that can accommodate up to 11,000 people using the north grandstand and the floor space.
The Alamodome has 6,000 club level seats and 38 luxury suites. The stadium’s original design called for 66 luxury suites, but since the Spurs were the only tenant of the stadium during that time, only 38 luxury seats were made in the north end part of the facility. In 2006, the Alamodome was renovated to accommodate another 14 luxury suites. Aside from that, the Top of the Dome restaurant and the Sports Club were also renovated.
The stadium also has two permanent Olympic-sized ice rinks that can be used for speed skating, NHL games, and figure skating. Aside from that, it also has 30,000 square feet of meeting rooms and 160,000 square feet of exhibit space
Notable Events and Tenants in the Alamodome
NBA Basketball – As we mentioned, the Alamodome can be transformed into a basketball arena in just 12-18 hours. This feature attracted the then-Spurs owner, Red McCombs, who was looking for a more massive arena. That is why after the 1992-1993 NBA season, the Spurs moved to the Alamodome. The team called the stadium their home form 1993 to 2002, including their first NBA championship season. In the late 1990s, the Spurs gained more popularity, and the team’s management and fans started to be dissatisfied with the stadium’s inferior sightlines. That is why the Spurs decided to move out of the stadium and build a new arena. In 1996, the NBA All-Star Game was held in the Alamodome.
Texas Football Classic – From 1991 to 2011, the Alamodome hosted the Texas Football Classic, which starts the high school football season in Texas.
Alamo Bowl – The Alamodome is the home of the annual Alamo Bowl, which bouts the second-choice teams from the Big 12 Conference and Pac-12 Conference.
All-American Bowl – Since 2002, the Alamodome has been the host of the All-American Bowl, which is a national all-star game, especially for U.S high school football. The games are played during early-January, and it features teams from the western and eastern United States.
UTSA Roadrunners – In 2011, the UTSA Roadrunners football program has decided to use the Alamodome for their start-up programs.
Big 12 Conference Championship – in 1997, 1999, and 2007, the Alamodome hosted the Big 12 Football Championship Game.
NFL – Aside from being a hockey and basketball arena, the Alamodome also hosted the National Football League preseason games. These games were played in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 2001.
Baseball – The Texas Rangers held several of their exhibition games at the Alamodome since 2013. The team was the first one to use the Alamodome as a baseball field.
Aside from these notable sporting events that happened here in the Alamodome, the stadium is also capable of hosting music festivals such as the Ozzfest. It also hosted several concerts of Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, *NSYNC, and many more.