All-New AT&T Center Set For San Antonio Spurs Home Opener on Oct. 30
ALL-NEW AT&T CENTER SET FOR SAN ANTONIO SPURS HOME OPENER ON OCT. 30
Spurs Host the Brooklyn Nets Following $110 Million in Technology and Infrastructure Renovations at the Bexar County-Owned AT&T Center
SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 29, 2015) – Spurs Sports & Entertainment and Bexar County are set to host the Spurs regular season home opener at the AT&T Center following the arena’s $110 million renovation project. The Spurs host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Major renovations to the arena’s infrastructure and technology began on May 3 and more than 1,900 workers exceeded 780,000 man-hours throughout this project to completely transform the building and enhance the fan experience at all levels of the arena. The Spurs first home preseason game on Oct. 18 marked the “soft opening” of the AT&T Center, as work continued to finalize the updates leading up to the regular season.
"We are extremely proud of the new AT&T Center; with improvements made at all levels of the arena, fans will have an enhanced experience with improved technology, new seating and an array of new concession options," said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.
The all-new AT&T Center features a completely updated look and feel, highlighted by modern amenities designed to enhance the fan experience. The arena improvements include all new seating arena-wide, expanded and updated concourses, as well as enhancements to the arena entrances. The new, brighter look features modern decor and enhanced lighting, accentuated by splashes of color via artwork curated from artists in San Antonio and throughout Texas.
“This was a substantial project in a condensed timeline,” said Lori Warren, Spurs Sports & Entertainment SVP of Corporate Finance and Strategy. “It could not have been completed without the selfless collaboration of all those involved. The end result is a first class facility that the community can really be proud of and we’re excited for fans to experience the all-new AT&T Center.”
Visit Spurs.com to view photos and video of the newly renovated AT&T Center. There is something new for everyone at all levels of the arena.
• A major expansion to the south side of the arena totaling approximately 7,500 square feet
• A larger, renovated Fan Shop, located directly adjacent to an enhanced SE entrance for more convenient access
• Addition of a full-service Whataburger restaurant location that starting Nov. 2, the general public can access on non-event days from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
H-E-B Fan Zone Level
• New bar areas in the northeast and southeast corners that provide a unique view of the action and a neighborhood pub experience
• The East Porch has been transformed into a new fan-friendly destination area featuring a variety of new culinary creations and drink options, also the new home for the beloved “Atomic Spur” art piece
• Addition of a new satellite Fan Shop located on the north side of the H-E-B Fan Zone Level, to provide a more convenient shopping experience for fans
• The Frost and Dahill Saddles & Spurs Clubs were updated with new decor and furnishings, additional bar areas and new food offerings
• A remodel of every suite, which includes new furnishings, appliances and HD televisions
• Addition of 14 new four-seat Theater Boxes that offer a unique and intimate entertainment experience and excellent viewing for sporting events and concerts
Technology enhancements were a key area of focus and technology updates are visibly prevalent arena-wide with the installation of more than 600 HD televisions and digital signage throughout the arena. The addition of LED displays to the NE, SE and SW ticket towers give the exterior a striking new look and provide the ability to showcase game action, event highlights and promotional messaging.
The centerpiece of the technology updates is a custom-designed, state-of-the-art digital video system. The new system features a center-hung main video board that is more than four times the size of the previous board. The square-shaped video board features four main HD displays measuring 20-feet-high and 30-feet-wide. Each primary display is the size of 30 80-inch TVs stacked together. Above the main screens sits a six-foot-tall wraparound LED display that will help complement the game action. LED underbelly displays measuring 9-feet-high and 16-feet-wide allow fans seated in the lower level seats to also view the action, while four corner LEDs allow for additional display flexibility and functionality. The video board screens provide HD resolution.
More than 12,000 square feet of LED displays featuring 15 million individual LEDs were installed throughout the AT&T Center. That includes the installation of a new 360-degree LED ribbon in the upper bowl, totaling 1,190 linear feet of surround vision. A brand new control room was also installed to operate the state-of-the-art digital video system, which can feature a combination of live video, stats, social media information and much more.
A new audio system, LED lighting in the bowl and improved Wi-Fi capabilities round out the technology enhancements that help create a more engaging fan experience.
Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS will open a family-friendly Rock & Brews restaurant on the west side of the Plaza Level at the AT&T Center in late November. The energized, indoor/outdoor dining and entertainment concept will feature quality American comfort food and a broad selection of craft and international beers in a rock-inspired environment that includes concert lighting, a ceiling dedicated to some of the biggest names in rock history and music-themed art that pays tribute to events held at the AT&T Center.
A rededication ceremony for the AT&T Center and ribbon cutting for the new Whataburger restaurant is scheduled for Nov. 6.
The AT&T Center hosts more than 250 events annually and is home to the award-winning San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), San Antonio Stars (WNBA) and San Antonio Rampage (AHL).
Funding for the renovations were provided by both Spurs Sports & Entertainment and the Bexar County Visitor Tax, established by voters in 1999 to build the AT&T Center. In 2008, voters approved an extension of the tax to help fund the Tobin Center, the southern Mission Reach expansion of the River Walk, youth and amateur sports facilities, as well as improvements to the AT&T Center, Freeman Coliseum and rodeo grounds, all owned by Bexar County. The Visitor Tax is paid through a 1.75 percent hotel occupancy tax and a 5 percent short-term motor vehicle rental tax to fund construction of venues and related infrastructure that enhance economic development and tourism.