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How many years before they would need to sell the baseball stadium to UTSA?
10; then the City will build the San Fernando Dome over a demolished SAHA project near Guadalupe St. in an attempt to revitalize the West Side.
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Alamo Bowl scores Pac-10 deal

Guess it's official. We'll see what the next move is.

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San Antonio Business Journal - by W. Scott Bailey

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The Valero Alamo Bowl has inked a deal with the Pac-10 Conference.

Under the arrangement, the Alamo Bowl will get the second overall pick from the Pac-10 beginning after the 2010 season.

The Pac-10 will face a Big 12 opponent in the new deal.

In January, the Alamo Bowl will feature its final Big Ten vs. Big 12 match-up, ending the current four-year pact with the two conferences. The new deal will also include the Big 12 Conference and will run through the 2013 post-season game.

The inaugural Alamo Bowl in 1993 included a Pac-10 team — the California Bears.

Jim Muldoon is associate commissioner of communications and football administration for the Pac-10. Last week he told the Business Journal: “There is definitely an interest in San Antonio and the Alamo Bowl.”

Muldoon said the Alamo Bowl has “grown into one of the better bowls in the country” and that it “can certainly compete on that level.”

Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott says he views this new deal “as a significant enhancement to the conference bowl lineup.”

Scott adds, “San Antonio is a marvelous post-season destination and the Valero Alamo Bowl has positioned itself as one of the elite bowl games. We anticipate providing exciting and deserving Pac-10 teams that will provide great match-ups for the game, and believe the Valero Alamo Bowl will be a great experience for our football teams and the fans who follow them.”

The Pac-10 has the best winning percentage all-time in bowl games of any conference (.535), highlighted by a perfect 5-0 record in last season’s bowl games.

“We are excited to partner with the Pac-10 and welcome the conference back to San Antonio,” says Alamo Bowl Chairman Gene Dawson. “This partnership, along with our upcoming announcement regarding the Big 12, will add to our growing track record of exciting games between ranked opponents that deliver top ESPN ratings and capacity crowds.”

Since its inception in 1993, the Valero Alamo Bowl has hosted 1,131,739 spectators at 16 bowl games and three Big 12 Football Championships. Factoring in the out-of-town fans, the games have generated a direct economic impact of more than $260 million, and another $23 million in measurable media exposure from the 137 million viewers watching the national television broadcasts, say Alamo Bowl officials.

Under the new deal, the Pac-10 would send its top team to a Bowl Championship Series game. The Alamo Bowl would then select second, taking the Pac-10’s next-best team.

“We are ecstatic with this Pac-10 Conference partnership,” says Alamo Bowl President and CEO Derrick Fox. “Based on recent history, this pick will provide an outstanding team for the game as the selection has averaged 10 wins and a Top 15 ranking.”

For the first time in its 17-year history, the Alamo Bowl will be played outside the month of December — on Jan. 2 at the Alamodome.

On Oct. 31, the Alamo Bowl will host a neutral-site game featuring Notre Dame vs. Washington State.
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Here goes the Dome conversation again.

The main problem with the dome being so out of date is that it wasn't built to compete with the newer stadiums at the time. Political leaders told San Antonians that it was, but it wasn't. The Alamo dome can't hold a candle to the Edward Jones Dome or the Georgia Dome. Those facilities were bi=uilt to house NFL football teams. St. Louis built their dome to draw a team just like San Antonio did, except they built it for a team move in ready. Is the EJ Dome comparable to the domes that have been built in the last couple of years? Not necesarily.

It sucks to lose out on a possible World Cup site, but there are a lot of great stadiums in the US. It is very competative to get the World Cup in this country. Most people say that the Alamo Dome is not fit for a NFL franchise...there are 32 teams in the NFL in 31 stadiums, 25 of which I believe are supperior to the Alamo Dome. Even if we made this last cut, it was going to be a highly doubtful that we would have been selected.

If UTSA can get its program running as they hope and they move to the FBS the Dome could get new life as a major sports venue (college sports). If everything went great and UTSA got into Conference USA, its home field would be one of the best stadiums in the conference. The stadium may not be up to NFL standards, but it would be a fine college venue.

I agree that the Alamo Bowl taking the Holiday Bowl's slot as the Big 12 #3/4 and the Pac 10 #2/3 probably wouldn't do much for tourism throughout the year. But there is a difference in the event itself, especially for the Big 12 schools. It would be a better bowl which would bring more money. In other words it would be a good thing. I think that the two bowls should be on a rotating schedule: the Alamo Bowl the better bowl for two years and then the Holiday bowl for two years, and then repeat.

UTSA will build their own stadium before they would ever buy the Alamo Dome. If the city was going to part ways with the dome, you would have to assume that the property is worth more without the dome, but then there is the question on the environmental soundness of that property. It took millions to cleam up the site where the dome is, I'm not sure what is under the parking lots.

Over the next 5-10 years a decision will have to be made about the dome, but now with UTSA football coming into the picture and the event in the Alamo Bowl growing in importance San Antonio can't live (you know what I mean) without a football stadium.

I would like to see development on East Commerce, River North, and Downtown before on the dome site, but the vision is nice.
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You're right. I guess once I start seeing some more use out of it, it will not seem so useless. UTSA playing there will do all of SA some good.
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The much maligned Alamodome will host a men's sweet 16 regional in 2011.


http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/A..._regional.html

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The NCAA on Monday awarded San Antonio a men’s basketball tournament regional in 2011, welcome news for a city that was bypassed in the last round of the Final Four bid process.

The regional will feature four of the remaining 16 teams in the tournament that year. Dates are set for March 25 and 27, 2011, at the Alamodome.

In a news release out of Indianapolis, the NCAA announced sites for preliminary rounds of the men’s tournament from 2011-13.

Even though San Antonio was virtually guaranteed a bid, the city submitted formal paperwork for the right to host tournaments in each of the three years.

Jenny Carnes, executive director of the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee, said it’s “great for the city’’ to get to host another tournament.

After hosting men’s Final Fours in 1998, 2004 and 2008, the city learned last November that it had been shut out of the next cycle from 2012-16.

“We may not have been awarded one of the Final Fours for the next rounds,’’ Carnes said, “but we certainly want to stay on their radar and stay in their sights for the future, so that we’ll have the next and earliest chance to bring back the Final Four to San Antonio.’’

The dome has hosted NCAA basketball tournament events regularly since 1997. It is now booked with one in each of the next two years.

The women’s Final Four will be held in the dome April 4 and 6, 2010.

The 2010 men’s Final Four will be at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, with Reliant Stadium in Houston hosting the 2011 event. The 2012 Final Four is set for the Louisiana Superdome, and the 2013 Final Four at the Georgia Dome.
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