San Antonio Spurs are a professional basketball team that compete in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was founded in 1967 as the Dallas Chaparrals as a part of the American basketball Association (ABA). The team was relocated to San Antonio in 1973 and was renamed the Spurs. In 1976 the team became a part of the NBA after the ABA-NBA merger. The team has been quite successful since the merger with a number of division titles and 4 NBA Championships, which makes them the fourth most successful franchise in the history of the league. Let’s find out where the Spurs play their home games.
Where do the San Antonio Spurs play?
In 2002 the Spurs moved into AT&T Center, originally called SBC Center, which is an indoor arena capable of seating about 18,500 for basketball games. The arena was proposed in the late 1990’s after the management and fans were unhappy with the current arrangement at the Alamodome, which was built for the Spurs just a few years earlier. The AT&T Center was built in 2 years at a cost of $186 million. It is used for many other events including: ice hockey, concerts, religious gatherings, conferences and much more.
Prior to the Alamodome the Spurs played at HemisFair Arena. While in Texas the franchise used four stadiums: the State Fair Coliseum, Moody Coliseum, Tarrant County Coliseum and Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.
Did you know?
Even though the Spurs were the instigators of the push for the construction of the $186 million Alamodome the team spent less than 10 years playing there. Even though it was created for the Spurs, it was actually designed as a football stadium in the hope that the city could attract a professional football team. It hosted over 20,000 fans for basketball games and this could be expanded to almost 40,000. Game 2 of the NBA Finals in 1999 attracted 39,554 fans!