The entertainment venue hosted a record-setting stretch of in-person events in 2022.
In downtown San Antonio, the area’s beloved Alamodome has hit a new stride with a year of successful events, including college football, headline concerts, and conferences with huge crowds. The final five months of the year were especially busy with events generating more than $31 million in gross receipts for headliners Elton John, Grupo Firme, Motley Crue and Def Leppard Stadium Tour, Rammstein, and Bad Bunny, which broke the facility mark for gross ticket sales for one show at $11 million.
The historic venue will celebrate its 30th anniversary in May 2023, and it was host to seven University of Texas at San Antonio football games in 2022, including the Conference USA championship in December. In total, the Alamodome held 135 event days in this year.
A similar schedule is planned for 2023, exceeding the average of 115 event dates in previous years. Next year’s planned events include WWE Royal Rumble, the San Antonio Spurs’ attempt to break the NBA’s single-game attendance mark, the Valero Alamo Bowl, NBC All-American Bowl, and the return of the XFL spring football league. The venue also has added stadium concerts featuring P!nk and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as additional major concerts to be announced.
“There is little doubt that the Alamodome has emerged as one of the most diverse, popular entertainment venues in the country,” says Patricia Muzquiz Cantor, director of convention & sports facilities for the city of San Antonio. To support this growth and sustained popularity, approximately $109 million in capital improvements are planned for the facility by 2028.
“None of this would be possible without the countless hours and commitment from the team of the Alamodome,” says Steve Zito, general manager of the Alamodome. “We always focus on our ‘One Team’ philosophy, and that team has many players.”