'We're your partner': Bexar County votes on Spurs 'home' games plan

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Reassured that the Spurs are here to stay, Bexar County commissioners gave final approval to the one-year pilot program that will allow the Silver & Black to play more “home” games outside of the AT&T Center and San Antonio.

Commissioners gave final approval to the one-year pilot program Tuesday morning, May 17, that will allow the Spurs to play four “home” games outside its designated stadium and venture outside of San Antonio. With Commissioner Marialyn Barnard changing her vote from earlier this month, the program passed 4-1. 

The proposed changes for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 NBA seasons could allow the Spurs to play two international “home” games in Mexico City and Monterrey. Another two could be played in Austin. Spurs chief legal counsel Bobby Perez said playing more “home” games outside of San Antonio will help improve the team’s fanbase. 

Commissioner Tommy Calvert, whose district contains the AT&T Center, held to his vote against the program because his constituents agreed. 

“They like my vote, so I’m keeping my vote as a ‘No’ because of the the investment that we have made for San Antonians,” Calvert said. “But as I said before, I know my constituents and you know your customers. And we’re going to work together to get us to unanimity and I look forward to the new relationship.”

Spurs die-hard fans are in San Antonio, but can they be easily found outside of the Alamo City? This move could change that.

Spurs die-hard fans are in San Antonio, but can they be easily found outside of the Alamo City? This move could change that.

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The final approval comes weeks after the Spurs first proposed increase to the number of outside “home” games in the nonrelocation agreement with the county on May 3. At that time, Commissioner Justin Rodriguez’s pilot program proposal narrowly passed 3-2, which County Judge Nelson Wolff said was “not a good sign.”

Then, on May 10, majority Spurs owner Peter J. Holt released what Wolff called a “heartfelt” letter telling San Antonio, “We are here to stay.” Commissioners said at the Tuesday meeting that they had numerous productive conversations with Spurs officials since the original proposal. Wolff said he believed Holt’s promise “unequivocally.”

“And so we’re your partner and we’re going to be a good partner,” Wolff said. “And we’re going to do anything we can to make the Spurs are successful.” 

San Antonio Spurs fans show their enthusiasm during second-half NBA action against the Sacramento Kings in the AT&T Center on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021.

San Antonio Spurs fans show their enthusiasm during second-half NBA action against the Sacramento Kings in the AT&T Center on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021.

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