The San Antonio City Council has approved spending US$41m in public funding for improvements to the nearly 22-year-old multi-purpose Alamodome.
Work on the renovation project could begin as soon as August 2015 confirmed Mike Sawaya, Director of the city of San Antonio’s Convention, Sports & Entertainment Facilities Department, which oversees the downtown stadium.
The upgrades were needed for San Antonio to secure the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball championship. With the vote, the city is authorised to negotiate and execute a design-build agreement with Turner Construction. Council members have also authorised the city to execute an amendment to a contract with Project Control of Texas Inc. for design review, construction inspections and other oversight functions associated with the renovations.
Populous has been selected to renovate the Alamodome, which will be completed with Turner Construction and Marmon Mok. The historic facility will receive significant updates that will improve the fan experience and include expanded concourses, a new video wall system and additions that will help the venue compete with major cities to attract marquee events like the NCAA Men’s Final Four.