The San Antonio Spurs are undoubtedly the most beloved sports team in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs are part of the Western Conference Southwest Division in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and they’ve been playing their home games at the AT&T Center. However, before the Spurs were on the AT&T Center court, they were home to many different courts and even cities.
In 1967, the San Antonio Spurs were known as the Dallas Chaparrals and played with the American Basketball Association (ABA). Unfortunately, the team lacked poor attendance and disinterest from the local community.
Come 1970, the team decided to change their name to the Texas Chaparrals in hopes to turn things around. They even began playing in different arenas and venues to seem like a regional team. They’d play in Fort Worth, Texas at the Tarrant County Convention Center and in Lubbock, Texas at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. This also didn’t work in their favor, so they called themselves the Dallas Chaparrals once again in 1971. They split their games between the Moody Coliseum and the Dallas Convention Center Arena.
The Chaparrals began to be successful on the court, but the money wasn’t coming in like it should’ve been. Eventually, the owners wanted out and 36 businessmen from San Antonio worked out a “lend-lease” deal. They decided to send the team to San Antonio and sign them over for a lease of three years. If no one bought the team by 1975, they would return the team to Dallas. Then, the deal was signed, and the team became the San Antonio Gunslingers.
Before the team took the court, they received another big change. They were renamed the San Antonio Spurs, and the colors were changed from red, white, and blue to black, silver, and white – the colors we are familiar with today. The Spurs’ first game was at the HemisFair Arena. While only 1,7999 fans showed up to the first game, 10,146 fans showed up when the Spurs bought Swen Nater for $300,000. The Spurs were proving their success with their first sold-out game.
1976 was the year the Spurs joined the NBA, along with the New York Nets, the Denver Nuggets, and the Indiana Pacers.
In 1993, the Spurs began playing in the Alamodome, a dome stadium that was built in hopes for the city to receive a NFL franchise. Still no NFL team, but this was an upgrade for the Spurs coming from HemisFair Arena. Since the Alamodome was too big, the sightlines weren’t always great, so the Spurs began to pursue a new arena shortly after.
Voters approved an increase in car rentals and hotel taxes to help finance the construction of a new arena. 50% of the funds came from private donors, while the Spurs contributed $28.5 million. SBC Communications bought the naming rights for $41 million, and the SBC Center became the home of the San Antonio Spurs.
In November of 2002, the AT&T Center opened as a premier entertainment venue in San Antonio, but was known as the SBC Center until 2006. The AT&T Center was built by the initiatives of a public-private venture amongst Bexar County, the Coliseum Advisory Board, the San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo and Spurs Sports & Entertainment. The AT&T Center isn’t just home to the Spurs, but also to the San Antonio Rampage (AHL), San Antonio Stars (WNBA) and the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. The AT&T Center has a seating capacity of 18,500 on three levels that include 50 luxury suites.
In 2015, the AT&T Center underwent a $110+ million renovation designed to enhance the fan experience at every level of the arena. The arena got a number of new upgrades: new seating, high definition televisions, LED signs, audio system, wi-fi capabilities all around, along with improved infrastructure and technology. New LED displays were added to the Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest towers so fans can witness the game action, event highlights, and promotional messages. The biggest technology upgrade was the installation of the new state-of-the-art, high-definition screen with four times the visibility of the previous board. Each level of the arena got a new upgrade that all fans can experience and enjoy.
Spurs Sports & Entertainment runs and operates the AT&T Center and provides many opportunities for the community to witness more than just sporting events. San Antonians can experience ice hockey, boxing, concerts, the rodeo, and more at the AT&T Center. Come and visit one of the newest and most modern arenas in the NBA!
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