Antonio Spurs Home Arena
San Antonio, Texas
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Mascot: The Coyote (Entertainus Carnivorous)
Dance Team: Silver Dancers
Draft Beer: $
Hot Dog: $
One AT&T Center Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78219
Arena Parking: $
NBA Basketball Arena Review - AT&T Center
Just north of E. Houston St. on AT&T Center Parkway is the fairly new AT&T Center, which houses the NBA's San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs have called this building their home since 2002, when the arena was officially opened to the public. The San Antonio Silver Stars of the WNBA and the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League also use AT&T Center as their home court/ice. The building itself is owned by Bexar County, which is the community that the AT&T Center is located in.
Originally, the building was called the SBC Center, but the purchasing of AT&T allowed SBC to change its name, which meant that the arena became known as AT&T Center in 2006 after the merger. Over 1 million people each year come to watch both San Antonio Spurs and Silver Stars games. With seating for just under 18,800 people, the arena contains 7,000 parking spaces, 50 luxury suites, and 32 bathrooms so that all guests have the opportunity to enjoy the AT&T Center experience.
The 750,000 square foot complex not only has a professional basketball training facility right inside the arena's doors, but it also contains quality restaurants that are available to patrons either before, during, or after a game. With easy access from either US-35 to AT&T Center Parkway going south or going north on Houston St., the home of the Spurs provides fans with a means to quickly get out of the arena area once the game has concluded. Parking for San Antonio Spurs games is also made easy due to the AT&T Center's location The building cost $175 million to build, and it is 50% financed by Bexar County tax funds and 50% financed by a conglomerate representing the San Antonio Spurs, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, and the Coliseum Advisory Board. The AT&T Center marks the first time in the history of the San Antonio sports scene that an arena has not been 100% backed by public taxpayer money.
The AT&T Center is a three-level building in that there is a lower bowl and an upper bowl sandwiching 12 suites which run parallel to the lengthier sides of the structure. Over 70 concession stands are located throughout the main concourse for your eating and drinking enjoyment while watching a San Antonio Spurs game, with everything from stadium classics such as pizza and hot dogs to organic food and beverage being made readily available. The setting for San Antonio Spurs games allows for people in all sections to get a great view of the game while enjoying the company of other fans around them. While not as intimate as other NBA stadiums, the AT&T Center offers fans some of the most tremendous views ever imagined for a sporting event. For people with suite tickets, there is a pregame buffet that is complimentary at the Terrace Club. The Terrace Club offers a great view overlooking the playing surface and contains a fully stocked wet bar to satisfy all of your needs. There is also the Saddles and Spurs Club on the Charter level, which offers traditional bar food and a full compliment of alcoholic beverages.
If you are looking for a restaurant in the general vicinity of the AT&T Center, look no further than a mile down the road to Lord's Kitchen. One of the top restaurants in the San Antonio area, Lord's Kitchen is best known for its juicy hamburgers and succulent French fry platters that is sure to satisfy even the most hearty of appetites. One restaurant that has great food and is just a stone's throw away from the arena is Fay Willie's. Fay Willie's serves some of the best down South barbecue dishes that you could ever lay your hands on, and you will quickly see why the restaurant is so popular with the locals from San Antonio. Other local restaurants and bars with a distinct San Antonio flavor include Midtown, which is a casual, laid-back bar setting where people can easily enjoy the sights and sounds of cultural San Antonio, and Jacalitos Pub, which caters to more of a sports bar crowd with big screen televisions, huge hamburgers, and great drink prices.
There are also many various points of interest for you to involve yourself in when you are not watching some great NBA action. Most fans of the San Antonio Spurs will enjoy the San Antonio River Walk with its garden variety of local attractions, stores, restaurants, and nightlife all in one general vicinity. From Ripley's to Splashtown to Old Tyme Wooden Nickel, there are many specialty exhibits that will draw tourists of all ages in to enjoy the wonder and excitement that San Antonio can offer. Spurs fans are also invited to frequent the local Coyote Ugly Saloon that is a local hotspot for tourists and residents alike. Pat O'Brien's and Mad Dogs offer two more great locations to sit and relax or to dance and party depending on what your heart desires.
If you are into a more cultural setting, the Institute of Texan Cultures and the Briscoe Western Art Museum are both located on the San Antonio River Walk as well. The San Antonio Zoo is right nearby, as is Willow Springs Golf Course for the weekend warriors. Don't forget to visit the Alamo historical site and museum along with Splashtown San Antonio water park. If shopping is more of your thing, there are plenty of facilities located nearby the AT&T Center to satisfy any taste. Between the Market Square shopping district, the Rivercenter shopping center complete with IMAX theaters, and the North Star Mall, San Antonio Spurs fans will have plenty of opportunities to go shopping for their favorite San Antonio items.
Staying in the area doesn't have to be expensive if you are looking for good lodging options. There are possibilities from the low end of the financial spectrum, like Howard Johnson's and Comfort Inn & Suites, to high end establishments, like the Hilton Palacio Del Rio and the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. Staying within a couple minutes of walking distance to the arena is also not difficult, as Staybridge Suites, Holiday Inn Express, and Best Western Sunset Suites all provide a close proximity between your hotel room and the AT&T Center.
The AT&T Center
is one of the newest arenas in the NBA, and it continues to show
that it is also one of the best. With onsite restaurants, a great
location in the heart of downtown San Antonio, tremendous amounts of
sights to see and places to go within the area, and a terrific San
Antonio Spurs basketball team, it is very easy to see why the San
Antonio Spurs and AT&T Center have been so successful since it
opened its doors in 2002.