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Newly renovated AT&T Center opens for first game of NBA preseason

The San Antonio Spurs’ NBA preseason home opener was the public’s first look at the USD$110m renovation of the AT&T Center, which was designed by HOK.

Bexar County Judge, Nelson Wolff, said:

This facility surpasses anything that you’ll see in the nation. It’s an extraordinary amount of work that was done in a relatively short amount of time.

About 700 workers spent the summer working on the AT&T Center to get it ready in time for the 2015-16 season.

There are new seats, new artwork and the centrepiece is the new scoreboard, a high-definition system with four 20ft by 30ft screens. Each screen of the scoreboard, video system, made by YESCO Electronics, is the size of 30x 80-inch TVs stacked together and gave fans the perfect view of the Spurs’ 96-92 win.

Fans got to see the Spurs from all new vantage points as well. On the balcony level, two new corner bars with a view of the court made for busy hangout spots.

On the terrace level, 14 new four-seat theatre boxes make for an intimate game-watching experience, with fans in the boxes enjoying their own dining area as well.

Bill Crockett, a regional leader of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice said:

The highest possible level of teamwork made this successful. This is a great home for Bexar County and Spurs Sports & Entertainment.

This is the latest and greatest, newest state-of-the-art venue in the NBA and in the United States.


Photo credit: Jason Ytuarte for Spurs Sports & Entertainment