The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas is a multi-function facility used primarily for football and basketball events. The Alamodome provides seating for 65,000 fans, and provides up to 77,000 seating capacity for attendants at concert and convention events held at the facility. The multi-purpose facility cost $186 million, and was used as incentive to boost the city's convention traffic and to attract a professional football franchise. Currently, San Antonio and the Alamodome do not host a professional football franchise.
For a decade, the San Antonio Spurs played basketball at the Alamodome. However, the Spurs have since switched their home to the newly constructed AT&T Center. The stadium has been home to the New Orleans Saints (after hurricane Katrina, while refugees filled the Superdome), U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, and the Alamo Bowl.
When the Alamodome opened, 38 luxury suites and 6,000 club level seats were installed. In 2006, the Alamodome added 14 luxury suites and renovated the Top of the Dome restaurant (in 2004). The Alamodome has two permanent Olympic-sized ice rinks used for NHL exhibitions and games, speed skating and figure skating. The stadium also contains spare space for meeting rooms and continuous exhibits.
The City of San Antonio is currently trying to attract an NFL franchise to the stadium. However, the number of luxury suites must be increased to make it a profitable investment for an NFL team. Estimates put the cost of NFL viable renovations at close to $150 million.
Parking passes for the Alamo Bowl are currently unavailable at TicketCity. The parking lots open to the public are as follows: Parking Lots B and C open two hours before event doors open. Handicap parking and patrons with parking passes in Lot A only. Parking is $10 the day of the event in Lots B and C only. It is recommended all in attendance should arrive early (at least one hour) to the Alamo Bowl game to beat the traffic, which is expected to be congested.
The Alamodome does not permit the following items in the stadium at any time:
- Bags and large purses
- Glass bottles
- Banners of any kind
- Professional cameras (lenses longer than 4 inches)
- Alcoholic beverages, drugs
- Thermoses, cans, coolers or hard containers
- Whistles, horns or noisemaking devices
- Poles or brooms
- Laser pointers
- Beach balls
- All hard fruits
- Gas-filled balloons
849 E. Commerce
San Antonio, TX 78205
Also known as the Paseo Del Rio in Spanish, the Riverwalk is the City of San Antonio's premier tourist real estate. This is the site of the country's oldest and most extensive Spanish-colonial water system that supplied water for the construction of San Antonio's five historic missions. The Riverwalk is a symbol of culture and beauty, being made up of cobbled walkways, bridges, shops and restaurants. There is a full three miles of pathways that connect you to the best spots at San Antonio's city center, and provide brilliant views of scenic sub-street waters and landscape. Try a bout tour with the entire family to experience the most during your stay in San Antonio. If you are looking to shop a bit before you explore, try starting at the Rivercenter Mall. Located inside the mall is an IMAX theater that regularly showcases a film on Texas history, and is a great way to spend a piece of your afternoon or evening.
300 Alamo Plz
San Antonio, TX 78205
This 300 year-old mission lies at the heart of Texas in San Antonio, and echoes centuries of Texas Hispanic pride throughout the state. The Mission San Antonio de Valero was the site of a major battle between 189 Texas defenders and 4,000 Mexican troops. Heroes including Davey Crockett lived and died at this mission, fighting an uneven against General Santa Anna's Mexican army. The maverick spirit of Texas lies within the walls of this historic landmark, some come see where Texas fighters drew a line in the sand and declared their independence from Mexico.
2427 Vance Jackson Rd
San Antonio, TX 78213
Phone: (210) 340-1337
Located about 10 minutes from the Alamodome on Vance Jackson, La Fogata is a must. This restaurant is consistently voted “best of” something, and their margaritas are so good, there is a quick-serve window right up front dedicated to the sweet and sour tequila potable. La Fogata's one-of-a-kind patio offers a spacious, ambient environment for a perfect Mexican dinner outside. Fountains trickle softly in the background as a mariachi band serenades a nearby table. This is a truly unique and delectable stop, why not check it out.
Biga on the Banks:
203 S Saint Marys St
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 225-0722
For something a little classier, Biga on the Banks should serve it right up. This gourmet restaurant was selected by Gourmet Magazine as one of the top five restaurants in Texas, and is a must if you are in San Antonio with a little cash to spend. The seafood, beef, lamb and game dishes pair nicely with the restaurant's extensive wine selection. Biga is the highest rated restaurant currently on the San Antonio River. Located a whopping 1/10 mile from the stadium, you should have no trouble walking to the game. Reservations are recommended, and can be completed at www.biga.com. Remember; make your reservations early, so you can catch the game on time!
212 College St
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 220-1972
As the tag line for this infamous 70's, 80's and 90's nightclub says: “Peace, Love and Polly Esther's.” This bar is a three level club, suited for the best dance nightlife experience on the Riverwalk. Fans of disco, the 70's and 90's music are all welcome at this era-themed club. Polly Esther's serves up great drinks and a great dance floor for everyone to get out and shake their booty. Even if you're not John Travolta, come and bring your disco fever (and some $$) for drinks and a hip good time.
Blue Star Brewing Company:
1414 S Alamo St
San Antonio, TX 78210-1117
Phone: (210) 212-5506
So, you're looking for a place with some great homebrewed beer? Blue Star Brewing is just the place for you. The building that houses this gem is an old warehouse covered in corrugated tin, and was once used to store beer. Nowadays, the brew pub sells beer on tap, and they sure are good. Stop by for some pub grub and a pale ale, and you will not regret the experience. You can count on at least one seasonal beer on tap for a taste of something excitingly new.