The Alamodome is a domed 65,000 seat, multi-purpose facility used as a football, basketball stadium and convention Center. It's located on the southeastern fringe of Downtown San Antonio, Texas, USA. The facility opened on May 15, 1993, at a cost of $186 million.
The facility is a rectilinear 5-level stadium which can seat up to 65,000 spectators for a typical football game and is expandable to hold 72,000 spectators, allowing the possibility of hosting a Super Bowl.
Configuring the arena for basketball or hockey takes 12-18 hours to set up retractable seating and installing the playing surface. In this configuration, typically only the two lower levels at one or both ends are used. The arena configuration seats 20,662 spectators, but is expandable to 39,500 when the upper level is opened.
The Alamodome opened with 38 luxury suites and 6,000 club level seats. The original design specifications called for 66 luxury suites. Since the San Antonio Spurs were the only occupant at the time, only 38 luxury suites in the north end of the facility were built.
The footprints for the 28 unbuilt luxury suites were open floor space just behind the club level seats that surround the south end of the facility. In 2006, the Alamodome underwent an expansion to accommodate 14 new luxury suites. The Sports Club and the Top of the Dome restaurant also received renovations in 2004.
Events and tenants:
The Alamodome is currently the host of the UIL State Marching Competition every year.The Alamodome was also home to the NBA San Antonio Spurs from 1993 to 2002 and the CFL San Antonio Texans in 1995.
The facility also hosts special events such as the annual Alamo Bowl football game, NCAA basketball and volleyball tournament games, and the men's and women's basketball Final Four (men's 1998, 2004, 2008; women's 2002, 2010). Other NCAA events including the 1997, 1999 and 2007 Big 12 Championship Games were played in the facility.
State high school football playoff games are regularly held in the Alamodome, including championship games.After the openening ceremonies, the first major event held at the facility was Paul McCartney's The New World Tour concert, which took place on May 29, 1993.
The Alamodome has played host to music festivals, including Ozzfest. It has also hosted concerts to artists such as Britney Spears, *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, and many more.From July 5–16, 2006, the Alamodome hosted the 2006 ELCA Youth Gathering. Approximately 40,000 youth and adult leaders attended the event, between the two weeks it was spread.
Every summer Drum Corps International hosts its DCI San Antonio-Southwestern Championships at the Alamodome.The Alamodome also hosts the Bands of America Super-Regional Championships every year in November, as well as the University Interscholastic League State Marching Band Contest.