The Spurs’ rodeo road trip covers nine cities and more than 8,000 miles this season, as their three-week trek begins Sunday in Toronto.
Compared to superfan Amado DeHoyos, the team has it easy.
While the Spurs spend the rest of February on the road when the AT&T Center hosts the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, DeHoyos will be following along for the ride.
He is attending every game of the rodeo road trip on his own, spending about $4,000 in flights and game tickets alone to catch all nine games.
“The Spurs have a team plane, but I’ll be flying coach and taking buses and rental cars,” DeHoyos said.
DeHoyos’ trip will cover almost 10,000 miles as he does the Eastern Conference leg of the trip to Toronto, Indiana and Detroit before returning to Texas during the NBA All-Star break. He’ll then follow the Spurs through their six-game Western Conference stretch of the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State, Utah, Portland, Sacramento and Phoenix.
The NBA schedule will get grueling for at least one fan, as DeHoyos’ toughest stretches will be the two back-to-backs –Toronto (Sunday) to Indiana (Monday) and Sacremento (Feb. 27) to Phoenix (Feb. 28)
DeHoyos, an engineer who attended MIT, said he’s currently taking time off work to travel.
“I’ve been seeing as much of the country as I can,” he said. “I realized that with the rodeo trip coming up, I could see the Spurs and see a good swath of the nation, too.”
DeHoyos grew up in San Antonio before moving to Waco, Texas. A lifelong Spurs fan, he said he’s spent about $2,000 on game tickets alone for the trip. He said he’s taking a bus from Indiana to Detroit, but doing most of the trips in a rental car.
“It’s going to be a lot of hours on the road, but it’s a dream trip to follow the Spurs,” he said. “They’re a model for any team, business or organization and I’ve always been a fan. If they can go 9-0, this trip will be even better.”
Check back with Spurs.com as we’ll check in with Amado during the road trip.