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Old Posted Nov 5, 2014, 10:23 PM
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The group wants the city to buy the stadium, not pay for the expansion. Also, Hartman is valuing the stadium at $30 million, not the group.
That is my understanding as well. The city buys the stadium for 30 mil, leases to the Japanese group, and the group pays for expansion.
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$100M is to gain entrance to MLS.

A brand new stadium can be had from scratch for approx $70-90M, so that's not the stadium expansion cost. It is the expansion fee from the league plus start-up costs with the jump.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Jos...quakes_Stadium
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Old Posted Nov 6, 2014, 6:03 AM
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NATIONAL FOOD TRUCK CONFERENCE TO TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND IN SAN ANTONIO


PICTURE: RICKSHAW STOP FOOD TRUCK PARKED AT THE EILAN MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT IN FAR NORTHWEST SAN ANTONIO

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The Roam Mobile Food Conference is rolling into town next week and in its second year, the event looks to provide information about best practices, innovations and trends in the mobile vending industry.

The two-day conference will run Nov. 8-9. All events will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 125 E. Houston St.

Sessions will focus on industry issues such as business planning, funding and franchising. Guest speakers include Meagan and Sameer Siddiqui of San Antonio's Rickshaw Stop food truck.

Check out the full line-up here.

Cost to attend the entire conference is $250 until Nov. 7. Onsite registration is $280. Tickets to pre-conference workshops are $25 and admission to the exhibit only is $35 in advance or $50 onsite. More ticket info can be found here.
San Antonio has about 170 food trucks and 6 food truck parks.
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Old Posted Nov 6, 2014, 6:17 AM
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$100M is to gain entrance to MLS.

A brand new stadium can be had from scratch for approx $70-90M, so that's not the stadium expansion cost. It is the expansion fee from the league plus start-up costs with the jump.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Jos...quakes_Stadium
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBVA_Compass_Stadium
Dan McCarney, of the Express-News, knows about the situation just about as well as anyone and he says the $100 million is for stadium expansion and expansion fee.
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Old Posted Nov 15, 2014, 6:27 AM
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Well, $50 million worth of upgrades and improvements are coming to the Alamodome because...


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The NCAA announced Friday that San Antonio will host the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four, the first Final Four to be held in the Alamo City since 2008.

The announcement was televised Friday afternoon on the CBS Sports Network. Officials also revealed that Phoenix will host in 2017, Minneapolis the 2019 tournament and Atlanta will have the Final Four in 2020.

Four other cities, all with Final Four history, also were in the running for the tournaments from 2017 to 2020. All of the finalist cities made in-person presentations this week in preparation for the NCAA's decision.

"This is great news and I want to thank the NCAA for selecting San Antonio as a site for the Men's Final Four and confirming that San Antonio is one of the best cities in the nation—if not the best city—for hosting a Final Four," San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor said. "I want to thank and commend the hard work of the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee which includes UTSA, San Antonio Sports and our City staff. Once again, all that makes San Antonio special will be showcased across the country and around the world."

The eight finalists -- San Antonio, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, North Texas, Phoenix/Glendale and St. Louis -- have combined to hold 24 previous men's Final Fours.

This year's Final Four was at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington; Indianapolis will host in 2015, and Houston will host in 2016.

"The Men's Final Four has grown into one of the biggest and best sporting events in the world, so it's easy to understand why these cities would put their best foot forward in attempt to secure a bid," said Dan Gavitt, the NCAA vice president for men's basketball.

San Antonio bid officials held a "Bring it! River Rally" at the Rivercenter Mall Lagoon in September to show visiting NCAA officials that San Antonians would turn out to support the event. Supporters tweeted photos and videos with #BringItSA and #KENS5for4 to share their excitement.

"NCAA fans love coming to San Antonio for this marquee event and our city has the perfect setup for all the Final Four has to offer," said San Antonio Sports President & CEO Russ Bookbinder. "We look forward to hosting an outstanding event that is so much more than a basketball game."

The tournament is a true money maker. The 2008 Final Four in San Antonio generated more than $55 million for the city.

San Antonio has hosted three previous Final Four tournaments in all, and it also has been the site for other NCAA tournament early-round games.
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When NCAA Men’s Final Four committee chairman Scott Barnes left San Antonio in September, the enthusiasm for bringing his event back to the Alamo City kept ringing in his ears.

It was only bolstered after fans implored him to “Bring It” during a memorable pep rally at Rivercenter mall that Barnes said Friday was one of the highlights of judging contenders for the event across the country.

“Thousands of people turning out chanting for us to bring the Final Four back put it all in perspective,” Barnes said. “The passion of the city embracing the event was obvious as soon as we got there.”

Barnes and his committee lived up to those wishes Friday, as they returned the NCAA’s signature event to the city in 2018.

A $45 million proposed face-lift to the Alamodome also helped convince them. It will provide a doubling of space on the Alamodome’s concourses, improved video walls and extensions in space for media and locker rooms in the facility.

Those upgrades helped bolster a strong bid that already included the city’s new convention center and renovations at HemisFair Park and International Airport.

City Manager Sheryl Sculley said the event will be on a much larger scope than the last time it came to San Antonio, in 2008. With a fan fest, outdoor concerts and other ancillary events, it will provide one largest downtown events in the city’s history as it celebrates San Antonio’s 300th anniversary in 2018.


The city’s ability to stage the event in a tight downtown “footprint,” was another major strength. The city’s bid included 13,000 hotel rooms in the downtown area and the ability for spectators to walk to most events.

Mayor Ivy Taylor said that San Antonio’s history of staging memorable Final Fours will be trumped by an even grander show when it returns.

“I’d like to thank the NCAA for acknowledging what we’ve always known, that San Antonio is the best city in the nation to host the Final Four,” Taylor said. “We’ve always known that fans and coaches have always said that San Antonio is their favorite place to attend the Final Four. We’re thrilled that the 'Road to San Antonio’ will again be a well-known phrase.”

The announcement also represents a vindication for the 21-year-old Alamodome, which wasn’t the newest, biggest, brightest or shiniest facility among the finalists.

“I think it gives it new life and helps move San Antonio to a whole new level as a sports city,” UTSA athletic director Lynn Hickey said. “With all of the things going on at HemisFair Plaza and the convention center and to the dome, it will open it up not only for this opportunity, but for more of everything.”

But Taylor wasn’t willing to say if the improvements would significantly improve the city’s chances of luring an NFL franchise one day.

“I guess that’s a possibility,” she said. “We’ve got some irons in the fire and we’ll see how it all shakes out.”


Based on figures generated by the Men’s Final Four staged earlier this year in North Texas, the event is expected to have an economic impact of at least $85 million. It will be staged in an Alamodome, which will have improved technology and will be configured to seat 72,000.
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Awesome! Great news!!!
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Here's a video about the expansion of the Alamodome and convention center.

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Thank you for posting that video. That was really cool. Just came back "home" for a few days last week and explored around town a little on my last day in town. It's amazing how much has changed in just the past 2 years downtown. I'm absolutely loving it! Also went by the Fred-Med intersection. That's coming along nicely.

Can't wait to come back in February, San Antonio!
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Old Posted Nov 21, 2014, 7:29 PM
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RENDERING OF THE PLANNED METHODIST HOSPITAL EXPANSION IN THE MEDICAL CENTER

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The economic impact of San Antonio's leading industry — health care and the biosciences — is now $30.6 billion annually, based on 2013 data, according to a new study by Trinity University professors Richard Butler and Mary Stefl.

That's a significant increase compared to 2012, when the estimated economic impact of the industry was $23.5 billion.

Ten years ago, back in 2003, the economic impact of the industry was less than $12 billion.


More than 32 percent of the economic impact from health care and the biosciences is driven by the city's highly competitive hospital sector.
Pharmaceutical, research and education activity accounts for another 21 percent of the estimated impact.

According to the study, employers in the health care/bioscience industry paid out nearly $8 billion in wages in 2013. More than one in six San Antonio workers are employed by the industry.

Over the last decade, the economic impact from San Antonio's hospital sector has increased by 130 percent. That growth rate can be tied to a number of factors, including continued infrastructure expansion. Methodist Healthcare, for example, has continued to invest in its infrastruture. The health care system and has begun work on a $250 million project that will involve the expansion of two of its South Texas Medical Center hospitals.

In the last 10 years, San Antonio's health care and biosciences industry has added more than 41,500 net new jobs — an increase of 40 percent.
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Webcam is up for the Methodist Hospital expansion.

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Not going to happen. Why? The Alamodome is to outdated for an NFL team to play there. It would have to be demolished and a new billion dollar stadium put in its place. More than likely they will move to LA.
It's been known and was pitched to the Raiders that the Dome (now with soon to be major upgrades) would be a temporary venue until a new stadium is built within a couple of years of relocation.
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It's been known and was pitched to the Raiders that the Dome (now with soon to be major upgrades) would be a temporary venue until a new stadium is built within a couple of years of relocation.
Raiders already said they weren't coming here
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Raiders already said they weren't coming here
That's not true at all.
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The NFL will never let it happen. Especially while LA has no team.
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I'm not sure how you interpret a speculative "claim" by a blogger as an official statement by the Raiders or Mark Davis.

Seriously, that's as bad as saying you heard it on Fox News.
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The NFL will never let it happen. Especially while LA has no team.
There's no basis for such a claim. If the NFL wanted a team in LA so badly, there wouldn't have been a 20 year gap of teams nor would Houston have gotten an expansion team while not awarding one to LA.

I'm sure the NFL wants a team in the second largest market but it's the owners who decide if a team can relocate, not the NFL and the owners won't vote down a relocation simply because it seems a precedent that any future owner thinking of relocating will have to worry about.
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I'm not sure how you interpret a speculative "claim" by a blogger as an official statement by the Raiders or Mark Davis.

Seriously, that's as bad as saying you heard it on Fox News.
LOL I'm just not keeping my hopes up like so many. I wouldn't want the Raiders anyways. They just won their first game in a year. They suck. SA doesn't need a bad team.
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I'm not sure how you interpret a speculative "claim" by a blogger as an official statement by the Raiders or Mark Davis.

Seriously, that's as bad as saying you heard it on Fox News.
Or Cnn or MSNBC... Way off topic
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