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- Alamo Bowl
- San Antonio
|Official Name:||Valero Alamo Bowl|
100 Montana Street, San Antonio, Texas 78203
|Main Phone:||210.226.BOWL (2695)|
|2013 Chairman:||Pat Frost|
|President/CEO:||Derrick S. Fox|
||December 30, 2013|
|Game Time:||5:45 p.m. CST|
|Name of Stadium:||The Alamodome|
|Playing Surface:||Soft Top removable turf system (installed April 2009)|
|Matchup:||Pac-12 #2 vs. Big 12 #3|
|Team Payout:||$6+ million combined payout|
|Radio:||ESPN Radio (National)
ESPN 1250 AM (Local)
|Official Hotels:||Pac-12 — Marriott Rivercenter
Big 12 — Hyatt Regency Riverwalk
Media — San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk
Band Hotels — The La Quinta Convention Center and Embassy Suites Riverwalk
|Opened: May 15, 1993|
|Cost: $186 Million|
|Football Capacity: 65,000|
|Luxury Suites: 52|
|First Football Game: Saturday, Aug. 7, 1993 -- New Orleans 37, Houston Oilers 28|
|First College Football Game: Saturday, Oct. 23, 1993 -- Texas 37, SMU 10|
|Largest Football Crowd All-time: 66,166, Valero Alamo Bowl Penn State vs. Texas A&M (12/29/07)|
|Largest Pro Football Crowd: 65,562, Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005 (Falcons 34, Saints 31)|
|Ceiling Height is 170 feet. The four masts are 300 feet tall.|
|12,000 retractable seats, largest single unit in the world.|
|Only building in North America with two permanent Olympic-size ice rinks.|
The Alamodome site takes up 57 acres. The building takes up 18 acres while the roof covers nine acres.
The Alamodome, which opened its doors to the public in May 1993, is located in downtown San Antonio and is a five-minute walk from the Riverwalk and more than 9,400 hotel rooms. Unique because of its design and versatility, the Alamodome has a cable-suspended roof, a retractable seating system and a flexible floor grid.
In 2009 the Alamodome’s exterior also received a face lift with a $1.24 million brand new paint job. The modernized color scheme is identical to that of the nearby Convention Center.
The renovations also included an upgrade to the existing playing field. SoftTop, the new in-fill turf system, is a thicker playing surface that is more player-friendly. SoftTop allows the Alamodome to have a playing surface that is much easier to maintain and install. The installation process, which used to take four days, can now be done in 48 hours.
The improvements aim to foster the already $21 million direct economic impact the Valero Alamo Bowl brings to the city each year. The bowl game has been played in the Alamodome since its inaugural game on December 31, 1993.
Since it's inception in 1993 the Valero Alamo Bowl has had an average attendance of nearly 60,000, which is over 90 percent of the Alamodome’s capacity. The 2007 Valero Alamo Bowl, which featured Penn State versus Texas A&M, attracted a standing room only crowd of 66,166, the largest bowl game attendance in Alamodome history. Including the 2007 game, the Valero Alamo Bowl has sold out on nine separate occasions (1995, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, January 2, 2010, 2011 and 2012).
In September 2006, the Alamodome recorded its first sell-out crowd from a non-conference regular season football game as 64,583 fans witnessed Texas A&M defeat Army 28-24 in the AT&T Corps Classic. Two of the three other non-bowl college sell-outs took place when the Valero Alamo Bowl hosted a pair of Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship games. In 1997, Nebraska beat Texas A&M in front of 64,824 fans on its way to a share of the National Championship. The Huskers made a return trip in 1999, defeating Texas in front of 65,035 fans.
The Dallas Cowboys held training camp in the Alamodome in 2002, 2003 and 2007 thru 2011.
Three regular season and six NFL preseason games have taken place in the Alamodome since the stadium’s construction. The New Orleans Saints broke the record for the largest sports attendance in Alamodome history after hosting the Atlanta Falcons on October 16, 2005 (65,562).
The Alamodome was also the home of the San Antonio Spurs from 1993-2001. While the Alamodome normally offered 21,372 seats for basketball, seating was expanded to a record of 39,554 for Game Two of the 1999 NBA Finals featuring the Spurs and the New York Knicks on June 18, 1999.
The Alamodome has been the site of the NCAA Men’s Final Four on three occasions (1998, 2004 and 2008) and the Women’s Final Four in 2002 and 2009. The 2004 Men’s Final Four attracted a crowd of 44,400 (an Alamodome record for basketball) as Connecticut claimed the National Championship, defeating Georgia Tech 82-73. These sellout crowds translated into an estimated $55 million in direct visitor spending.
The South Texas Billy Graham Crusade owns two of the top four all-time Alamodome crowds. On April 5, 1997 the Crusade (a free event) attracted 65,280 people and 66,835 on April 6, 1997. Other top crowds include the Julio Cesar Chavez-Pernell Whitaker boxing match in 1993 (58,891) and the WWF Royal Rumble in 1997 (60,525).
Top 15 ALL-TIME ALAMODOME CROWDS
•66,835 South Texas Billy Graham Crusade, April 6, 1997 (free event)
•66,166 Valero Alamo Bowl, December 26, 2007 (Penn State vs. Texas A&M)
•65,875 Alamo Bowl, December 30, 2006 (Texas vs. Iowa)
•65,562 New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons, Oct. 16, 2005
•65,380 SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, Dec. 28, 1999 (Penn State vs. Texas A&M)
•65,280 South Texas Billy Graham Crusade, April 5, 1997 (free event)
•65,277 Valero Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29, 2012 (Texas vs. Oregon State)
•65,265 MasterCard Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29, 2004 (Ohio State vs. Oklahoma State)
•65,256 Valero Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29, 2011 (Washington vs. Baylor)
•65,232 SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29, 2001 (Texas Tech vs. Iowa)
•65,035 Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship, Dec. 4, 1999 (Nebraska vs. Texas)
•64,824 Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship, Dec. 6, 1997 (Nebraska vs. Texas A&M)
•64,757 Valero Alamo Bowl, January 2, 2010 (Texas Tech vs. Michigan State)
•64,597 Builders Square Alamo Bowl, Dec. 28, 1995 (Michigan vs. Texas A&M)
•64,583 AT&T Corps Classic, Sept. 16, 2006 (Texas A&M vs. Army)
- Mayor: Julian Castro
- Population: 1,359,758
- Nickname: Alamo City, River City, SA-Town
- 7th Most Populated City in the U.S.
- 28 million tourists annually
- 300 days of sunshine
- Average temperature 68.8°
San Antonio captures the spirit of Texas with its rich history and broad cultural influence. As of the 2006 U.S. Census estimate, the city had a population just under 1.4 million giving the Alamo City the title of seventh most populated in the U.S. Named after the Portuguese Saint Anthony of Padua, San Antonio has a strong military presence being home to Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, and Brooks City-Base.
Famous for its River Walk, the Alamo, Tejano culture, and home to SeaWorld San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas theme parks, the city is visited by 28 million tourists per year. The Alamo City has something to offer travelers of all ages and interests with shopping districts, fine art museums, sporting attractions and historical sites.