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Official Review by Paul Derrick, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Originally built to hopefully lure an NFL franchise to San Antonio, the Alamodome has been a city staple since its opening in 1993. Even though the Alamodome was unsuccessful in landing an NFL franchise, it was the home of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs from 1993 to 2002 until the Spurs moved into the newly built AT&T Center. The Alamodome has hosted one thing throughout its existence in 1993 and that is the Alamo Bowl. The Alamo Bowl has been sponsored by a variety of companies from Builders Square, Sylvania, and Mastercard to now Valero who has been sponsoring the bowl since 2007.
The conference tie-ins for the Alamo Bowl have changed over the years, but currently it pits a PAC-12 and Big 12 conference school against each other. The Alamo Bowl always seems to be a closely contested matchup with every game but one since 2005 finishing with a margin of victory of 10 points or fewer. The Alamo Bowl is usually a definite watch game come bowl season and the 2011 Alamo Bowl definitely didn't disappoint.
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The Alamodome offers about everything you would expect from a venue this size with the basics like burgers, nachos, fries, pretzels, chips, candy, etc. You will notice that there isn't a lot of variety though at the Alamodome. They did have what they call The Dome Dog which was a football hall of famer Earl Campbell sausage link that you could get either hot or smoked. I tried the smoked one and found it rather tasty and worth the $4 price tag. Your drink options at the Alamodome include soda, water and beer. The soda will run you 5 bucks, a water 4 bucks and a 24 oz beer will cost you 7 bucks. Overall the prices are decent, but I would definitely like to see a tad more of a variety when it comes to edible options.
The 2011 Alamo Bowl was one for the ages. It was the highest scoring regulation bowl game in history with the Baylor Bears winning 67-56 over the Washington Huskies. Waco, Texas is only about three hours from San Antonio, so the Bears had their fair share of fans in attendance. However, do not let that fool you in to thinking that all 65,256 fans in attendance were all Baylor fans as the University of Washington had quite a section of fans as well. The Alamodome is a perfect venue for a bowl game and it shows as it sold out in 2011 for the 7th time in bowl history. The fans are great, the venue is great and not to mention the 2011 game was one for the record books.
When it comes to great cities in Texas, San Antonio is right near the top of the list. You have plenty of great options for entertainment from The Alamo to the River Walk, San Antonio fails to disappoint. If it is your first trip to San Antonio I couldn't recommend The Alamo or River Walk to you anymore than possible.
The Alamo is, of course, the location of one of the biggest battles during the Texas Revolution. It is a definite must see for anyone in the area and is a true staple of not only San Antonio, but the state of Texas and United States history. Maybe if you're lucky you can even help Pee Wee find his bicycle in the basement.
The River Walk is another definite must see while visiting San Antonio. The River Walk is a network of different walkways along the San Antonio River, just one story beneath downtown San Antonio. With a slew of different bars, restaurants, and shops the River Walk is a tourist dreamland. I recommend taking a ride on one of the boat ferries throughout the River Walk as well as grabbing a bite to eat at Casa Rio which serves some of the best authentic Mexican food.
San Antonio is an absolute haven for things to do whether it be tourist sites like The Alamo or the River Walk or for the sports fan the chance to maybe catch a Spurs and minor league San Antonio Rampage game, the options are all out there for the taking.
With any bowl game, the fans will always be different depending on the bowl so I'm rating this based on the fans in attendance for the 2011 Alamo Bowl. The Alamodome was sold out with a variety of not only green and gold Baylor fans but a lot of purple Huskie fans as well. The fans definitely didn't disappoint as they were on their feet throughout the entire game and they definitely had plenty to cheer about as each team continued to put points on the board. I can only say that I hope the Alamo Bowl continues to have great showings like this as this will only push this bowl more and more into the national picture.
Public access to the Alamodome can be pretty difficult as there are only a few lots for the public and they are $20 a car. If you do not have a parking pass I would recommend parking downtown or at one of the Park and Rides and taking a shuttle to the game. It will cost you a little more than 5 bucks, but will take the hassle out of getting in and out of the stadium. I will say that getting back on a shuttle can be a little bit of a pain though as the line can be pretty hefty right after the game. Access around and inside the dome is pretty easy due to wide concourses and there are plenty of bathrooms inside the Alamodome so you should never have to wait in line even during peak times.
Tickets range anywhere from $48-$100, depending on a couple of factors like where you want to sit and who is playing. I would definitely be willing to pay that, especially to see the type of game that was put on in 2011. San Antonio is a beautiful town and if you haven't visited, the Alamo Bowl would be a great reason to do so. You can't go wrong on this investment.
One extra point for the city of San Antonio. This is an absolutely beautiful city rich in history, and it offers a massive variety of things to do and see.
My second point goes to the city of San Antonio for continuing to find a use for the Alamodome. Even though the Spurs have moved out, the University of San Antonio Roadrunners call the Alamodome home as well, as do the San Antonio Talons of the Arena Football League. It is great to see that the city has not let this beautiful gem go to waste.
My last two points go to the 2011 Alamo Bowl. I can't describe in words just how amazing this game was. If you are a defensive football kind of guy, then you were definitely cringing throughout the game, but if offense is your forte then it was right up your alley. With 1,397 yards of combined offense and a combined 123 points, offensive battles just don't get much better than that.
Member Review by JasonBartel on Oct 13, 2013
I went to the 2010 version of the Alamobowl, which featured my Arizona Wildcats getting crushed by Oklahoma State. It was a fun experience, but wish the game had gone a little better for Zona. Out of the several bowl games I've experienced in person, the Alamo Bowl probably ranks just behind the Holiday Bowl as my favorite. The one thing that was awesome about the trip to San Antonio were the pre-bowl events that I was part of with the Pride of Arizona drumline. We played while riding on a gondola on the Riverwalk, and did several other cool gigs in our few days there. Definitely worth checking out the Alamobowl if your team's in it.
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