By Bill O’Neil
City Council gives the go ahead for an additional series of improvements at the Alamodome.
Among the improvements, the replacement of the Dome’s two existing video boards, and the installation of two more.
“We’ll have the only building that I’m aware of that does four boards. Others have gone and done huge screens–and they’ve done them in the end zones. Our design will put on in each corner” said Mike Sawaya, the Director of the City’s Convention & Sports Facilities Department.
And there’s more.
“Sound system improvements… our system is almost 25-years old now. It’s time for us to really enhance that for today’s users” Sawaya said.
The total cost for all improvements at the Alamodome is expected to reach the $60-million mark. The Valero Alamo Bowl has agreed to chip in $6-million toward getting all of the work done. The deal also extends the licensing agreement with the San Antonio Bowl Association through February 2030.
“Live event attendance is declining. Why? It’s easier to stay home… you can watch your 50-inch TV screen at home and not have to worry about travel or technology” Valero Alamo Bowl CEO Derrick Fox said.
Another improvement: the installation of a building wide wi-fi network. That’s welcome news for Councilman Joe Krier, who pointed out his struggles to find a good wi-fi signal while attending events at the Dome.
“I’m assuming this will be very dependable, and for the money we”re spending, it ought to be very dependable” Krier said.