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Alamo Stadium is a horseshoe-shaped football and soccer stadium in the Monte Vista Historic District of San Antonio, Texas. Nicknamed "The Rock Pile" due to its primarily limestone construction it was completed in September 1940 as a Works Progress Administration project. The stadium is currently owned and operated by the San Antonio Independent School District as a high school football and soccer facility. It has a seating capacity of 18,500,[3] making it the 3rd largest high school stadium in the state of Texas.[4][5]

Alamo Stadium
The Rock Pile
Location110 Tuleta Dr
San Antonio 78212
OwnerSan Antonio Independent School District
OperatorSan Antonio Independent School District
Capacity18,500 (since renovation works in 2011)[1]
SurfaceNexTurf
Construction
OpenedSeptember 20, 1940
Construction cost$500,000
ArchitectPhelps & Dewees & Simmons, A.I.A.
Structural engineerW.E. Simpson Co.
Tenants
1947 Alamo Bowl (NCAA)
San Antonio Wings (WFL) (1975)
San Antonio Thunder (NASL) (1976)
San Antonio Gunslingers (USFL) (1984–1985)
San Antonio Riders (WFAL) (1991)
San Antonio Matadors (SFL) (2000)
Corinthians FC SA (NPSL) (2015–present)[2]
Alamo Stadium and Gymnasium
Alamo stadium entry 2011.jpg
Alamo Stadium is located in Texas
Alamo Stadium
Coordinates29°27′45.95″N 98°28′44.51″W / 29.4627639°N 98.4790306°W / 29.4627639; -98.4790306Coordinates: 29°27′45.95″N 98°28′44.51″W / 29.4627639°N 98.4790306°W / 29.4627639; -98.4790306
Built1940
NRHP reference #11000651
Added to NRHPSeptember 8, 2011

Soccer club Corinthians FC of San Antonio are tenants.

HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

Initially proposed by SAISD trustees in May 1939, the stadium was constructed on the site of an abandoned rock quarry at a total cost of just under $500,000. The majority of funding was provided by the federal Works Progress Administration (project 65-1-66-30), with approximately $110,000 coming from district revenue bonds.[6][7]

24,000 people were in attendance for the stadium's opening celebration, a high school football doubleheader.[8] Corpus Christi defeated Jefferson in the first game 14-0. Brackenridge defeated (Houston) Reagan 19-2 in the second.

Modern dayEdit

The stadium is currently used by the high schools of the SAISD, including Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Fox Tech, Highlands, Sam Houston, Jefferson, and Lanier High Schools for mainly high school football games. It is also home to track meets hosted by SAISD, also home to the Region IV-4A & Region IV-5A track meets which occur in late April or early May. The Battle of the Bands is held there annually during Fiesta.

The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 8, 2011.

FutureEdit

In November 2010, San Antonio voters approved a $515 million bond which included $35 million for renovation of the stadium. Proposed updates include new bathrooms, plumbing, seating and repairs.

In January 2011, San Antonio Spurs owner SS&E expressed an interest in bringing a professional soccer team to San Antonio, possibly playing in Alamo Stadium.

Stadium usageEdit

High School footballEdit

The stadium has been home to numerous high school games, including the Chili Bowl, an annual football game between Fox Tech and Lanier High schools. It regularly sold out, and was consistently one of the highest attended regular season football games in Texas, averaging about 23,000 spectators. After the 2009 season, the Fox Tech football team was disbanded, ending the series.

In 2002, the stadium hosted the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.[9]

College footballEdit

Alamo Stadium has also hosted college football games. When the stadium opened in 1940, two college football games were held at the newly constructed stadium, Texas A&M's defeat of Tulsa, 41–6, on October 5, and Baylor's defeat of Villanova, 7–0, two weeks later, on October 19. The stadium was host to the Texas A&M–Texas Tech football rivalry for eight consecutive games from 1943 through 1950. It was also the home of the first bowl game held in San Antonio, the 1947 Alamo Bowl between Hardin–Simmons and Denver. The game was a financial failure and a postseason bowl game would not return to San Antonio until the modern incarnation of the Alamo Bowl that began in 1993 and has since been held at the Alamodome.

Professional footballEdit

The stadium has been home to several professional football teams, including the San Antonio Wings of the WFL in 1975, the San Antonio Gunslingers of the USFL from 1984–1985, the San Antonio Riders of the WLAF in 1991, and the San Antonio Matadors of the Spring Football League in 2000.

SoccerEdit

Alamo Stadium was the home of the San Antonio Thunder for 1976, their second of only two years in the city. The team was a member of the North American Soccer League and moved to Hawaii for the 1977 season.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.wideopencountry.com/10-biggest-high-school-football-stadiums-texas/football/
  2. ^ "Semi-Professional Soccer Team Finds Home At Alamo Stadium". San Antonio Current. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  3. ^ http://www.texasbob.com/stadium/stadium.php?id=836
  4. ^ "10 Biggest High School Football Stadiums In Texas". Yes to Texas. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "Check out the largest high school stadiums: Alamo Stadium". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
  6. ^ "SAISD News Release - Sept. 4, 2003". Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-04-15.
  7. ^ "DAVID FLORES: SAISD voters right in approving Alamo Stadium facelift". Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2011-04-15.
  8. ^ From the Vault: ‘Beautiful’ Alamo Stadium dedicated 70 years ago
  9. ^ Army's All-American Bowl has become a highly anticipated sports event in San Antonio

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