San Antonio's AT&T Center Is Top Venue for Sports, Concerts

By Kevin Litwin on April 29, 2011 at 3:35 am EST

Sure, the AT&T Center is primarily known as home to the four-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.

But it is also home to the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League and the San Antonio Silver Stars of the Women’s National Basketball Association. Also moseying into the building each February is the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, regarded as one of the top Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association events in the United States.

“We also host 20 to 40 family shows, concerts and dinner banquets each year,” says John Sparks, vice president and general manager of the AT&T Center. “In late 2007, our all-time attendance surpassed 10 million.”

The Southwestern-designed building can accommodate 18,500 spectators for basketball and concerts, 17,000 for rodeos and 13,000 for hockey. The center is owned by Bexar County and is operated jointly by the county and the Spurs.

“We have 7,500 parking spots and can also host a variety of outdoor events because our parking is so spacious,” Sparks says. “Those events include kicking off a yearly multiple sclerosis 150-mile bike ride to Corpus Christi, and an annual 5K run around the property.”

As for its name, AT&T Inc. has a 20-year naming rights contract with the center that runs through 2022.

“The building offers great sight lines, 60 luxury suites and four restaurants,” Sparks says. “The AT&T Center is quickly earning a reputation as one of the top venues in the country for sports and concerts.”

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