Spurs offer to play multiple home games away from AT&T Center over next two regular seasons

SAN ANTONIO –The San Antonio Spurs are offering to play regular-season home games away from the AT&T Center for the next two regular seasons, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff confirmed to KSAT 12 News on Monday.

Under a proposal to be voted on by Bexar County commissioners on Tuesday, Spurs would likely play two regular-season international games as a home team. The matches could be played in Mexico City and Monterrey, according to Wolff. Spurs have already played in Mexico City in 2019.

It would be Mexico or Monterrey. It is near us. The theory is if they can get out there and expand their network, find sponsors, get people to buy seats, get fans to come here, that would get them up,” Wolff said.

Another part of the proposal is for the Spurs to play at least two home games within a 100-mile radius of San Antonio. Wolff said those games could be played at the Alamodome, Austin or possibly San Marcos. But Wolff was fairly certain that Austin would be the site of one of those games. UT-Austin recently opened the new Moody Center.

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“They (Spurs) want to go to Austin and play a game. I know that,” Wolff said. “They think they can get more people there if they do.”

The two-year plan would begin at the start of the 2022-23 regular season, which would be the 50th season since the Spurs franchise moved from Dallas to San Antonio.

RC Buford, CEO of Spurs Sports & Entertainment, issued the following statement regarding the proposal:

“From day one, we have received incredible support from Spurs fans in San Antonio and South and Central Texas. We are committed to finding new, creative ways to engage and celebrate our fans from Mexico City to Austin. , continuing to grow our regional fan base. We believe that San Antonio is uniquely positioned culturally, geographically and economically to serve as the anchor for this region. San Antonio has been home to five decades and the organization will continue to innovate, positioning the Spurs to thrive in San Antonio for the next 50 years.

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Action over a no-move agreement is on the agenda for Tuesday’s commissioners’ meeting. However, Wolff said a final decision is unlikely to be made on Tuesday.

“We may still have to come back for one more vote because of the contract to complete it. Then they would go to the NBA and try to figure out what that schedule might be,” Wolff said.

In recent years, Spurs Sports and Entertainment has focused on expanding the team’s fan base down the Interstate 35 corridor and south to Mexico City. The Spurs G-League affiliate currently plays its home games in Austin. In June 2021, Austin-based billionaire Michael Dell joined Spurs as an investor and strategic partner.

There have been some concerns about Spurs’ future in San Antonio, but despite this news, Wolff is confident the franchise won’t be moving anytime soon.

“A team just can’t get up and go, there are substantial penalties to start with. Second, the NBA has to accept it. Third, there have been very few relocated NBA teams,” Wolff said.

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Wolff added that the team has a no-move agreement that goes through the 2031-32 season under penalties of $84 million to $130 million, depending on the year.

The franchise also recently opened its new Team Training Center and Human Performance Campus in the far northwest called The Rock at La Cantera.

We’ll have more information on this developing story when it becomes available.

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