Alamodome celebrates 30-year anniversary

The Alamodome opened May 15, 1993, and was the former home of the San Antonio Spurs.

SAN ANTONIO — The Alamodome is celebrating 30 years since it first opened in San Antonio.

Monday, local leaders came together to commemorate the iconic building’s three decades of sporting events, concerts, ice events and much more. The goal is to take a look back at where the dome has been and where it is going.

The following people spoke at the news conference:

  • Ron Nirenberg, Mayor
  • Erik Walsh, City Manager
  • Steve Zito, Assistant Director Convention & Sports Facilities/Alamodome
  • Steve Souter, retired Marmon Mok architect
  • Roland Lozano, retired Assistant City Manager

The Alamodome opened May 15, 1993, and was the former home of the San Antonio Spurs, before the team moved to the AT&T Center in 2002. Back in January, the team returned to the Alamodome in a historic game against the Golden State Warriors. A new record was set for attendance at a regular-season NBA game with nearly 70,000 fans present.

“It’s safe to say that the Alamodome is experiencing the most momentum right now than its had in its 30-year history,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said at the news conference.

The Alamodome is famous for its unique cable stays at each corner which were innovative for the time it was built. The building was the first stadium in the country to use them to support the enormous flat roof.

The building is also home to the Valero Alamo Bowl, which is one of the top college football bowl games. It reliably brings in top-ranking teams each year with healthy attendence numbers and a boost to the local economy. Recently, the dome became the home to the newest San Antonio professional team, the Brahmas. The team just wrapped up its 10-game season back in late April.

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