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The Best Sports in San Antonio

Aubrey Higgins2022-01-19

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Just like the rest of Texas, San Antonio is filled with sports fans, from basketball and baseball to soccer and hockey, fans have plenty of action to keep up with!

While in town to watch one of their sports games be sure to explore the city on one of our tours, with them running in the morning, afternoon, and evening it will give you plenty of time to experience the action. Experience the very best of San Antonio with our fun, friendly guides including complimentary downtown hotel pick up & drop off, skip the ticket line entry, and drive around in the comfort and style of our Mercedes Metris vans.

Sports in San Antonio includes a number of professional major and minor teams, follow along as we tell you which teams to watch and where you can witness the action.

Teams to Cheer On/Watch:

San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs
Picture: San Antonio Spurs Facebook


The city’s only top-level team and the one most San Antonians follow is the San Antonio Spurs NBA team.

Playing since 1973, the Spurs have won a total of five NBA Championships (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014). They are one of the four former American Basketball Association (ABA) teams to remain a part of the NBA and the only former ABA team to have won an NBA championship. As of their 2019-2020 season they have the highest winning percentage among active NBA franchises and as of 2017 have the best winning percentage of any franchise in the major professional sports leagues in Nother America.

See Sight Guide Fun Fact: The team's mascot since 1983, The Coyote is known for his slapstick humor, skits, and dance numbers with the Spurs’ cheerleaders and in 2007 was inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame, garnering local and national media attention.


The San Antonio Missions

San Antonio Missions Basketball Team

Picture: San Antonio Missions Facebook


The San Antonio Missions are a Minor League Baseball Team and a Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, named after the Spanish Missions which the city was founded on.

The team dates all the way back to 1888 when the city was home for one of the charter members of the Texas League, a minor baseball league operating from 1902 to 2020. The team started out as the “Missionaries”, “Gentlemen” and the “Bronchos” - a Spanish twist on the name “Broncos”.

The team has won the Western Division title a total of 10 times (1973, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1990, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2011, and 2013).

San Antonio FC

San Antonio FC soccer team
Picture: San Antonio FC Facebook


San Antonio FC is a professional soccer team based in San Antonio founded in 2016 as part of the USL Championship, the second-highest level of the United States soccer league system.

Still, in its intimacy, the team has not yet won a playoff but has competed in the conference semifinals (2017) and both the quarter-finals (2020) and final (2021) - before the cancellation of both conferences finals.


Where to Catch the Action:


Here is where you can witness the action first-hand:


AT&T Center

AT&T Center indoor arena

Picture: AT&T Facebook

Constructed in 2002, the AT&T Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena located on the east side of San Antonio, and is the home of the San Antonio Spurs NBA team.

It seats 18,148 for basketball games. 19,000 for concerts or gatherings including 2,018 club seats, 50 luxury suites, and 32 bathrooms! It’s original name was SBC Center until SBC Communications changed its name to AT&T Inc., changing the arena’s name in 2006. However in July of 2021, AT&T announced they would not be renewing their contract for the name which means a new name could be upcoming in the fall of 2022.

Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium


The Nelson W. Wolf Municipal Stadium, also known as Wolff Stadium was opened in 1994 and is primarily used for baseball, as the home field of the San Antonio Missions.

The stadium seats 6,200 with a grass bern in left field that can seat up to 3,000 spectators. It also houses 14 luxury seats, a 500 person picinic area in the right field line and an all you can eat, fiesta deck that is available to rent for groups of 25 to 200.

Toyota Field

Toyota Field

The home of the San Antonio FC, the Toyota Field, opened in 2013 is an 8,200-seat natural grass soccer stadium with a capacity of 8,296 for soccer matches and 13,000 for concerts and festivals.

The stadium was home for the San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League before their dissolution in 2015 and was then purchased by the City of San Antonio and Bexar County for a total of $18 million!

Designed by San Antonio architecture firm, Pro Sports Development, the stadium was designed as a soccer-specific stadium with the plan to expand upwards of 18,000 seats in 3 total phases to accommodate international soccer events as well as rugby, lacrosse, American football, boxing, and concerts. The stadium is currently only in Phase 1 of the stadium expansion phase.

Tripshepherd Fun Fact: the design of the stadium is meant to reflect the industrial heritage of the historic Longhorn Quarry whereby the stadium resides in.

 

Alamodome

Alamodome

Picture: Alamodome Visit San Antonio

Before the AT&T Center, the San Antonio Spurs, played at the Alamodome, a multi-purpose faciliy located in downtown San Antonio.

Opened in 1993, the dome seats up to 64,000 spectators and is expandable to hold 72,000, attracting nearly 40,000 for the 1999 NBA Finals game. The facility is a 5-lvel stadium designed to easily convert into a basketball or hockey arena.

The Alamodome features two permanent Olympic-sized ice rinks that can be used for NHL games, figure skating, and speed skating as well as 30,000 square feet of meeting rooms and 160,000 square feet of continuous exhibit space.

Tripshepherd Fun Fact: when converting the stadium for basketball or hockey games it takes 12-18 hours to set up the retractable seating and installing the playing surface.

Ashley Smith

About Ashley Smith

Ashley is a historian and Oktoberfest expert & tour guide. She has travelled to 30 countries and specializes in quick trips throughout Europe and the Americas that priritize hiking adventures, museums of all kinds, cultural experiences, and jam-packed itineraris. She hails from Memphis, TN and currently lives in Boston with her husband and feline sidekick.

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