The Alamodome is a 64,000-seat 5-level stadium located on the southeastern fringe of downtown San Antonio. The facility opened in 1993, with the goal to increase the city's convention traffic and attract a professional football franchise. Typically, for a football game it is expandable to hold 72,000 spectators.
The stadium was designed to easily convert into a basketball or hockey arena. Also, the stadium can be adapted into a smaller auditorium space (the "Illusions Theater"), with an intimate, enclosed setting, seating upwards of 11,000 using floor space and the north grandstand. The Alamodome has two permanent Olympic-size ice rinks that can be used for NHL games, figure skating, and speed skating. The facility also contains space for meeting rooms.
The Alamodome is currently the home of the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Roadrunners. Previously, it was home to the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA from 1993 to 2002, the San Antonio Texans of the CFL in 1995, and the San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) in 2019. The facility also hosts special events such as the annual Alamo Bowl football game, UTSA's graduation ceremonies, as well as most of Northside ISD's high school graduation ceremonies.
The Alamodome's ability to accommodate basketball made it attractive to then-Spurs owner Red McCombs, who had been looking for some time for a larger arena to replace their longtime home, HemisFair Arena. The Spurs moved to the Alamodome after the 1992–93 NBA season. From 1993 to 2002, they played nine seasons in the Alamodome, including their first NBA championship season, which was played against the New York Knicks in 1999.
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