AT&T Center Information
The AT&T Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena located on San Antonio, Texas’ east side. The San Antonio Spurs (NBA) and the San Antonio Rampage (AHL) call the arena home and entertain up to 18,418 and 16,151 basketball and hockey fans respectively during each of these team’s home games.
The Arena was also the temporary home of the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars from 2003 to 2017. Despite this historically strong association with sports, the venue isn’t just a sports arena, as it also offers arrangements for concerts and major gatherings with space for around 19,000 guests and patrons during these events. The venue also has a rich tradition in rodeo shows and events, making it popular for arena-enthusiasts who enjoy a varied event calendar.
The original reason for the arena’s construction was centered on San Antonio’s and the San Antonio Spurs’ desire for a new facility adjacent to the Alamodome. At the last minute, these plans were changed when the team partnered with Bexar County to construct a new arena adjacent to the Freeman Coliseum.
Part of the agreement required voter approval of the plan in November 1999, with an election held on the same day the Spurs received their first NBA Championship Rings. The vote passed thanks to this success, which led to Rick Pych being called to serve as the Chief Development Officer of the AT&T Center during its development, construction, and 2002 opening.
When the arena opened in 2002, it was known as the SBC Center and was built for $175 million. The construction was funded by county-issued bonds that were supported by a hotel-occupancy and car-rental tax increase as well as a $28.5 million contribution from the San Antonio Spurs.
SBC Communications, Inc., purchased the naming rights to the facility under a 20-year agreement with Bexar County, the San Antonio Spurs, and the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo in July 2000. So when SBC Communications changed its name to AT&T Inc. In November 2005, the name of the arena changed with it to the AT&T Center in January the following year.
Unlike most arenas that can accommodate basketball and ice hockey, the AT&T Center was primarily designed for basketball, which fans and guests can see in the slight differences in decoration and design throughout the venue.
It still offers accommodations for an NHL-sized ice hockey rink, but with capacity for 16,151 guests since ice hockey, seating arrangements are asymmetrical. Only some of the lower levels seats are permanent, while many of the upper-level seats on the west end have obstructed views, but most ice hockey games have attendance numbers that made the upper level unnecessary.
To date, the venue serves as home to the above two professional teams, is welcoming to concerts from nationally recognized performers, and has played host to several WWE and UFC events including WWE Raw and Smackdown as well as the 2014 UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs Stephens. The arena’s popularity across multiple mediums has made it a fixture of San Antonio’s entertainment life and a destination for many fans of the arena experience.
See the below pages for further information on the AT&T Center Arena:
AT&T Center Parking:
Find out more about parking at the AT&T Center and driving information.
Read about the ticket guarantees and authenticity policies when purchasing tickets via this website.
AT&T Center Seating Chart:
View the AT&T Center Arena seating chart and the various seating options.