The Alamodome is all set to celebrate its 25th birthday. Opening its doors for the first time on May 15, 1993, the multipurpose domed facility has been called an architectural inspiration. Owned by the City of San Antonio, the arena’s curved steel roof is supported by four soaring, skyward towers and suspension cables. A preferred venue for concerts, conventions and trade shows, the Alamodome hosts events all year around. The 2018 season comes with a brand new schedule and exciting events, Alamodome tickets for which are being regularly updated.
The Alamodome – History
Back in late 80s, San Antonio was unable to host the US Olympic Festival as the city lacked big sports center. This failure drove the city to unite and build a state-of-the-art arena, equipped with the latest technology and features.
The formation of Alamodome wasn’t easy. While many approved of the facility, there was a significant number that opposed the suggestion. Finally through voting it was decided to allow the funding and construction of Alamodome.
Breaking ground in 1990, it took almost three years to complete the construction. The Alamodome was mainly built in hopes to lure an NFL team who would call the arena its home. But even though it has crossed two decades mark, the Alamodome is yet to find a permanent tenant. For nine years, the NBA team, San Antonio Spurs played their home games at the dome, but relocated to the AT&T Center in 2002.
The Alamo Bowl
While the Alamodome was unable to find an NFL franchise as its tenant, the arena did manage to become the annual hosts of the Alamo Bowl.
Started in 1993, it’s an annual college football bowl game, played at the NCAA Division I level as part of the Football Bowl Subdivision. San Antonio rings in the New Year with the Alamo Bowl that usually takes place in end December or early January. The Alamodome is always packed with a capacity crowd and even on media, it has produced eight of the top 20 games viewed on ESPN.
Pitting the number one Pac-12 team against the top ranked Big 12 team, the bowl treats the college football fans to thrilling games. In its inaugural year, an attendance of over 45,000 was recorded and in 1995, around 65,000 fans witnessed the epic clash in which the Texas A&M defeated the Michigan Wolverines.
The 2017 Alamo Bowl was won by the TCU Horned Frogs after they defeated the Stanford Cardinal in a nail-biting clash.
Other Happening Events
In 2005, the Alamodome was renovated to utilize the wasted space and to improve the overall seating. Popular artists and musicians performing in San Antonio opt for Alamodome as their concert venue, not just because of the incredible facilities but also due to its huge capacity. The indoor area can accommodate 63,000 people, for both the center stage and end stage. The center stage for stadium concerts has a capacity of 77,000; whereas, the end-stage has room for 50,000 fans.
In September 2017, the legendary rock band Guns N’ Roses played the longest show ever at the Alamodome. Houston trio, ZZ Top opened the concert and performed for an hour, followed by Guns N’ Roses who rocked the stage for three and half hours! Hits like “You Could Be Mine” and “November Rain” kept the massive crowd on its feet and the Alamodome definitely hosted a night to remember.
WWE’s Royal Rumble returned to the Alamodome after 20 years in January 2017. It was a mega event that featured popular WWE superstars, along with an appearance by the home townie Shawn Michaels.
The recently announced Alamodome tickets include big events like Mexico National Soccer Team tour. Monster Jam is also coming to the arena and then there is 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four. More exciting events will be announced including boxing matches and concert tours. Keep an eye out for the latest shows and conventions taking place at the Alamodome.