The Alamodome was built to increase the city’s convention traffic, as well as house the San Antonio Spurs. However, the Spurs decided they didn’t love the facility and have since relocated. The arena seats 64,000 people and has functioned as a multi-purpose venue since its opening in 1993. Today, the stadium still hosts a wide variety of activities, including shows, concerts, sporting events, and conventions throughout each year.
The first major performance at the Alamodome was Paul McCartney’s “The New World Tour” concert in 1993. Since then, it’s also hosted other huge names in music, including Ozzfest, Britney Spears, *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, George Strait, and Metallica.
In 1994, Tejano singer Selena performed at the Alamodome in a rare performance that was raved about by many reviewers and critics alike. Even before this concert, she spent much of her career in San Antonio, giving performances and growing as a performer.
This is why the singer’s career was immortalized in the biopic “Selena.” Much of the filming for the production was done in San Antonio, which began only one year after the singer was shot and killed in 1995.
Filming began in 1996 in San Antonio, with Jennifer Lopez starring as the beloved singer. And though Selena did perform here, the Alamodome was actually the stand-in for the singer’s final concert at the Astrodome in Houston.
The filmmakers wanted to bring realism to the film starring Lopez, focusing on the Alamodome/Astrodome scene because of the significance of the performance in Selena’s life. The segments were filmed at the Alamodome before a live audience, the largest Lopez had ever performed for at the time, with family members of Selena in attendance.
If you plan on visiting the Alamodome, you can check their calendar of events for upcoming shows, concerts, or sporting events. And while you’re there, grab a meal at the center’s SAVOR Black Tie food service kiosks throughout the building.
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