In November 1999, Bexar County voters overwhelmingly approved a partnership between the Spurs, Bexar County, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and the Coliseum Advisory Board to build a Bexar County-owned community arena that would serve as the new home for the Spurs and the Stock Show & Rodeo.
The $175 million facility was financed through a $28.5 million contribution from the Spurs and $146.5 million from the County, paid for by an increase in the local hotel occupancy tax and short-term motor vehicle rental tax, collectively referred to as the “visitor tax.” The Spurs and the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo together designed the AT&T Center to be a state-of-the art facility, capable of hosting championship sporting events, rodeo and other first-rate entertainment. The Spurs and the Stock Show & Rodeo agreed to 25-year lease agreements with the Coliseum Advisory Board, which serves as the facility’s landlord.
In 2008, Bexar County voters approved an extension of the visitor tax to fund four initiatives: San Antonio River Improvements, Youth & Amateur Athletic Facilities, Rodeo Grounds & Community Arenas Enhancements and Performing & Cultural Arts Centers. In an effort to ensure the AT&T Center remained a state-of-the-art facility, Bexar County agreed to set aside a portion of the revenue from the visitor tax extension to enhance and upgrade the AT&T Center after the facility had been open 10 years. In addition, the County agreed to make enhancements to the Freeman Coliseum and stock show facilities, to ensure all of these County-owned facilities were properly maintained. As part of the agreement, the San Antonio Spurs and the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo agreed to extend their leases and to contribute a significant amount toward the cost of the renovations.
The San Antonio Spurs are committed to operating and maintaining a community arena the residents of Bexar County can be proud of and that visitors to our community will enjoy for many years to come.