•Opened: May 15, 1993 •Cost: $186 Million •Football Capacity: 65,000 •Luxury Suites: 38 •First Football Game: Saturday, Aug. 7, 1993 -- New Orleans 37, Houston Oilers 28 •First College Football Game: Saturday, Oct. 23, 1993 -- Texas 37, SMU 10 •Largest Football Crowd: 65,380, SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999 (Penn State 24, Texas A&M 0) •Ceiling Height is 170 feet. The four masts are 300 feet tall. •12,000 retractable seats, largest single unit in the world. •Only building in North America with two permanent Olympic-size ice rinks. •The Alamodome site takes up 57 acres. The building takes up 18 acres while the roof covers nine acres.
The Alamodome, which opened its doors on May 15, 1993, is unique because of its design and versatility. The facility has a cable-suspended roof, a retractable seating system, a flexible floor grid stadium, formal entries and large food court areas.
The Alamodome's versatility as a multi-purpose facility has been proven with the hundreds of events it hosts each year. The building has several configurations, ranging from 5,000 seats for small conventions to 72,000 for an event in the round.
In particular, the Alamodome has hosted an impressive variety of sporting events. For football, the Alamodome seats 65,000 and features 38 executive suites.
The Alamo Bowl has called the Alamodome home since its first game on December 31, 1993. Over the last sixyears, the Alamo Bowl has averaged crowds of 61,035, an average that is over 94 percent of the Alamodome's capacity. The 1999 SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl featuring #13 Penn State and #18 Texas A&M drew a standing room only crowd of 65,380, the largest sports crowd in Alamodome history.
The Alamodome has also hosted the soldout 1997 and 1999 Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championships which matched Nebraska versus Texas A&M and Nebraska versus Texas, respectively. The most successful regular season college game featured Texas A&M against SMU on October 29, 1994 in front of 51,056.
San Antonio has watched six NFL preseason games at the Alamodome including the 63,285 who saw the Dallas Cowboys play the Houston Oilers on August 21, 1993.
The Alamodome is also the current home of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs. While the building is typically configured for 21,372 seats for basketball, the seating was expanded to an Alamodome record 39,554 for Game Two of the 1999 NBA Finals between the Spurs and the New York Knicks on June 18, 1999. The Spurs clinched the series in Game Six in New York and gave San Antonio its first NBA Championship.
However, the Alamodome record for largest basketball crowd goes to the 1998 NCAA Final Four. Both the semifinal and the men's final drew crowds of 40,509 as the Kentucky Wildcats emerged as the national champions with a 78-69 win against Utah for the title.
The Alamodome also successfully hosted the 1996 NBA All-Star Weekend, 1997 NCAA Midwest Regional and 2001 NCAA Midwest Regional and the 2002 Women's NCAA Final Four and will host the 2003 NCAA South Regional and the 2004 Men's NCAA Final Four.
The Alamodome has proven its more than just football and basketball with its hosting of minor league hockey, a preseason NHL game between the Dallas Star and Los Angeles Kings and dozens of concerts and trade shows each year. Other top crowds include the South Texas Billy Graham Crusade (66,835) and WWF Royal Rumble (60,525) in 1997 as well as the Julio Cesar Chavez-Pernell Whitaker Fight on September 10, 1993 in front of 58,891.
A 1998 survey showed national travelers are discovering what Texans have always known - San Antonio is one of the nation's greatest places to visit. The Alamo City was ranked No. 7 as the most popular destination city nationwide, while a 1997 poll rated San Antonio ninth worldwide. Almost 10 million people visit San Antonio each year for business and leisure.
Official Name: Alamo Bowl Address: 100 Montana Street, Suite 3D01 San Antonio, Texas 78203 Main Line: 210.226.BOWL (2695) Fax Number: 210.704.6399 2002 Chairman: Diane Rath, Commissioner, Texas Work Force Commission Executive Director/President: Derrick S. Fox Internet Address: www.alamobowl.com
Game Date: December 28, 2002 Game Time: 7:00 PM CST Name of Stadium: The Alamodome (65,000) Matchup: Big Ten vs. Big 12 Team Payout: $1.35 million per school (minimum) Television: ESPN, (10th Year) Radio: NCAA Football Radio Network Ticket Prices: $43.00, $53.00, $73.00 Official Hotels: Big 12 -- San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Big Ten-- Hyatt Regency San Antonio Media -- San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk