by Sarah J.F. Braley | November 13, 2015
The city of San Antonio is spending $43 million to revitalize the 65,000-seat Alamodome, which is connected to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center by a walking path. The work will be completed by November 2017.
The Alamodome can handle football, basketball, soccer, boxing, trade shows, and both theater and stadium concerts. The makeover will transform the North Plaza to create a more contiguous event space; the east and west concourses will be expanded and upgraded with new concession areas and a new terrace club; a 24,000-square-foot multi-use space will be added; new technology will be installed, including two LED video walls; and the visiting teams will get a new locker room.
"The Alamodome will undergo the most significant capital-improvement program in its 23-year history," said Michael Sawaya, executive director of convention and sports facilities for the city. "Improvements to the Alamodome will modernize the venue, allowing it to be more competitive with other stadiums around the country, and attract high-profile national events to San Antonio."
One great reason to do the work: College basketball's Final Four is scheduled for San Antonio in 2018. "Aside from benefiting San Antonio's overall meetings package, the Alamodome enhancements are vital to maintaining and growing San Antonio's ability to host sporting events such as the Valero Alamo Bowl and U.S. Army All American Bowl," said the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau's executive director, Casandra Matej.