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AT&T Center

Our guide to AT&T Center in San Antonio includes information on events, tickets, parking, public transportation, nearby hotels and restaurants, seating and more. Read on to find out how to get the most out of your gameday experience.

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San Antonio, by population the seventh-largest city in the U.S. and the 25th-largest metro area as of 2013, seems like too big a region to have just one team in the “big four” professional sports leagues.

But only one it has, and that team, the NBA’s Spurs, receives a region’s undivided attention. As a result, the team’s home, AT&T Center, is a focal point of activity in town as well.

In turn, the Spurs have given their devoted fan base five championships to celebrate, the most recent coming after the 2013-14 season. So these days, the love affair between team and city is as strong as ever.

And Spurs fans have a beautiful venue in which to watch their team play. AT&T Center, which opened in 2002 as the SBC Center, feels big and spacious and almost palatial as event venues go. However the team is playing at any given time, the venue makes attending Spurs games a terrific experience.


Getting to AT&T Center

The only problem with AT&T Center is that it’s a little far from downtown San Antonio, which if you’ve never been is quite an interesting area to visit.

From the Alamo to the River Walk to the Tower of the Americas, there’s a lot for a visitor to see in a fairly compact area, and most of the Instagrammable places in San Antonio can be found in and around downtown.

Once upon a time, the Spurs played right in the middle of downtown, at HemisFair Arena. Then they moved to the edge of downtown and the cavernous Alamodome for 10 seasons before finally migrating a few miles east to the then-SBC Center.

There’s nothing wrong with the AT&T Center site itself — it’s got a vast parking lot, freeway access is pretty simple, and it serves its purpose well as not only the home of the Spurs but also of the annual San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo (which necessitates the Spurs going on a lengthy road trip every February). But for the visitor to San Antonio, it limits your options.

In Texas, you’re usually best off driving everywhere, and getting to AT&T Center is pretty straightforward. From downtown, use Interstate 35 northbound and exit at Walters Street/AT&T Center Parkway (exit 159B), then follow the frontage road to AT&T Center Parkway and turn right. The first parking lots will become visible after about a mile’s drive on AT&T Center Parkway.

VIA Metropolitan Transit, the public transit service for the San Antonio region, does offer special-event bus service for Spurs games at AT&T Center from two park-and-ride locations around the city. Fares cost $2.50 each way.

VIA also has a regular bus line, Route No. 24, that connects downtown and the arena via Houston Street and runs late at night. The fare is $1.30 per ride; passengers who use the service to travel westbound after AT&T Center events must proceed to the stop next to Parking Lot 1 (Stop No. 85679) to pick up the bus.

Parking at AT&T Center

AT&T Center is surrounded by several large parking lots, numbered 1 through 7, as the grounds contain not only the arena but also the adjacent Freeman Coliseum, as well as an expo hall and other facilities for the rodeo.

If you’re approaching southbound on AT&T Center, you’ll see a number of entry gates on the right. Traffic control will direct motorists into the appropriate gate based on whether they’re headed for general parking or permitted parking.

General parking rates begin at $15 for Spurs games, and you’ll most likely be directed to lots 6 or 7 on the northernmost edge of the grounds. Then, you’ll get a sense for how big the property really is based on the rather long walk you’ll have to undertake to get to the doorstep of AT&T Center.

San Antonio hotels near AT&T Center

Quality Inn I-10 East near AT&T Center – 0.8 miles away
Motel 6-San Antonio, TX-Splashtown – 1.1 miles away
Econolodge Inn & Suites Downtown Northeast – 1.1 miles away
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Things to do around AT&T Center

The other disadvantage to AT&T Center’s location is that there’s not much to do around it before the game.

It’s a largely industrial area unless you go back up AT&T Center Parkway toward I-35, around which you’ll find a handful of fast-food joints and gas stations. If you look hard enough, there are also a few independent restaurants in the general area. 

But that’s OK. If you’re there really early and the gates are open, just head on inside. If it’s your first visit, you’ll be glad you did.

San Antonio restaurants near AT&T Center

Texas Burger Company – fast food, 0.6 miles away
Jones Sausage and Barbecue – barbecue, 1.0 miles away
Onlive Hall of Fame Cafe – American, 1.3 miles away
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Watching a game at AT&T Center

Going in through AT&T Center’s east entrance, it feels like entering a fiesta-themed prom. The entrance, with a glass atrium, manicured grounds and flood and garden lights everywhere, suggested an opera house rather than a sports arena.

Once inside, you’ll see multi-colored string lights hanging overhead, brightly colored walls and quite a bit of neon. It’s an interesting vibe, one you don’t often see at sports venues.

Perhaps a more apt comparison is that AT&T Center feels a lot like a mini-football stadium in the way it’s laid out. Though its listed basketball capacity is 18,581, on par with most other NBA arenas, it feels more spacious than that.

The octagonal shape of AT&T Center’s seating bowl means it has a large upper deck, with more than 20 rows in the sections along the sidelines, and the open end “fan zone” is reminiscent of AT&T Stadium up in Arlington, where the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys play. The fan zone is also a popular spot for congregating and standing-room viewing of the game.

While the uppermost reaches of AT&T Center’s seating bowl might be pretty high, you’ll at least have a nice view of the Spurs’ five championship banners, which are some of the biggest banners you’ll ever see hanging from the rafters in any arena. There are also banners signifying when the rodeo won best-in-the-nation status (seriously).

If it’s your first visit, definitely spend some time wandering the concourses. There’s more than one display honoring the Spurs’ five titles (including a glass case at the east entrance that contains the five Larry O’Brien trophies). You’ll also see a few knowing nods to Texas culture and the rodeo lifestyle — for example, take a close look at the bathroom signs as you’re roaming.

Food and drink at AT&T Center

There’s an impressive array of concessions available at AT&T Center. Befitting a venue in Texas, a lot of the food items involve regular stadium dishes with some sort of interesting add-on, from loaded hot dogs to build-your-own-burritos to “extreme” nachos (beef brisket is one of the topping options) to cheese-filled sausages.

Whataburger, which may sound like your run-of-the-mill regional fast food chain if you’re not from Texas but is held in very high esteem by many throughout the Southwest, also has a large presence among arena concessions.

In the fan zone, you’ll find a hand-carved BBQ stand, a gorditas stand and a bar, and as many TVs as any self-respecting sports bar. 

For a sit-down sports bar experience before or during events at AT&T Center, head to the Rock & Brews Restaurant on the 100 level (near section 114). It’s just one of the many places inside the arena where you can check out the beer selection, which includes beers from Texas-based Freetail Brewing, Real Ale Brewing and Karbach Brewing. 

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    The Particulars

    Home Teams
    San Antonio Spurs

    Address
    1 AT&T Center Parkway
    San Antonio, TX 78219

    Year Opened
    2002

    Capacity
    18,418

    Upcoming Events
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    Doc Watkins Trio
    Saturday, October 10, 2020
    7:30 pm
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    Bert Kreischer
    Saturday, October 17, 2020
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    Bert Kreischer
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    San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo
    Thursday, February 11, 2021
    7:00 pm
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    San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo
    Friday, February 12, 2021
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