Frost Bank Center

Coordinates: 29°25′37″N 98°26′15″W / 29.42694°N 98.43750°W / 29.42694; -98.43750
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Frost Bank Center
Exterior of the Frost Bank Center at night
Frost Bank Center is located in Texas
Frost Bank Center
Frost Bank Center
Location in Texas
Frost Bank Center is located in the United States
Frost Bank Center
Frost Bank Center
Location in the United States
Former namesSBC Center (2002–2006)
AT&T Center (2006–2023)
Address1 Frost Bank Center Drive
LocationSan Antonio, Texas
Coordinates29°25′37″N 98°26′15″W / 29.42694°N 98.43750°W / 29.42694; -98.43750
OwnerBexar County
OperatorSpurs Sports & Entertainment
19,217 (2002–2003)
18,797 (2003–2009)
18,581 (2009–2015)
18,418 (2015–present)[1]
Ice Hockey: 16,151 (6,374 with curtain system)
Concert: 19,000 (maximum capacity)
Field size750,500 sq ft (69,720 m2)
Broke groundAugust 24, 2000
OpenedOctober 18, 2002[5]
Construction costUS$186 million
(US$315 million in 2023 dollars[2])
ArchitectEllerbe Becket[3]
Kell Muñoz Architects[4]
Lake Flato Architects[4]
Project managerProject Control[4]
Structural engineerJaster-Quintanilla & Associates[4]
Services engineerGoetting/Curtis Neal[4]
General contractorHunt/SpawGlass[3]
San Antonio Rampage (AHL) (2002–2020)
San Antonio Spurs (NBA) (2002–present)
San Antonio Silver Stars/Stars (WNBA) (2003–2014, 2016–2017)

Frost Bank Center (formerly AT&T Center and SBC Center) is a multi-purpose indoor arena on the east side of San Antonio, Texas, United States. It is the home of the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The arena seats 18,418 for basketball, and 19,000 for concerts or gatherings, and contains 2,018 club seats, 50 luxury suites and 32 bathrooms. It was opened in 2002 as the SBC Center, at a cost of US$175 million, financed by county-issued bonds, which were supported by a hotel-occupancy and car-rental tax increase and an additional contribution of $28.5 million from the Spurs.[6] SBC Communications, Inc. purchased the naming rights to the facility under a 20-year, $41 million naming rights agreement with Bexar County, the San Antonio Spurs, and the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo in July 2000. SBC Communications changed its name to AT&T Inc. in November 2005. The arena officially changed its name to AT&T Center in January 2006.[7] On July 2, 2021, it was announced that AT&T would not be renewing its contract for naming rights to the venue. [8] On August 3, 2023, it was announced that Frost Bank would be the arena sponsor.[9] The name change to Frost Bank Center became official on September 22, 2023, with the arena’s website and social media accounts reflecting the change immediately and the building signage updated soon after.[10]

From 2003 to 2017, the arena was home to the San Antonio Stars of the Women's National Basketball Association. It was the home of the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League from 2002 until 2020.


The Jessica Redfield Press Box.

Previously, the Spurs played at the Alamodome, a multi-purpose facility with a configuration that allowed half the floor space to be used for basketball. Although the Alamodome was still relatively new (opening in 1993), it had become clear over the years that the Spurs were using it for most of the year, making it difficult to schedule contiguous dates for conventions or even a regular-season football schedule. The Alamodome's seating capacity could be expanded to 35,000 for popular regular-season opponents, and attracted nearly 40,000 for a 1999 NBA Finals game. Although it had been designed with the Spurs in mind, the Spurs and their fans grew increasingly dissatisfied with the facility because of its poor sight lines and cavernous feel. The Alamodome's basketball configuration had the basketball court at one end of where the football field would have been, leaving almost half of the stadium curtained off. Being primarily a football stadium differentiated the Alamodome from most other NBA facilities, including the Spurs' previous home, HemisFair Arena.

Additionally, since the Alamodome opened, there had been an uptick of new arena construction including facilities such as Conseco Fieldhouse (now Gainbridge Fieldhouse), which, in addition to offering an intimate atmosphere, offered teams several new revenue generating opportunities, including suites located on the lower levels and large club level seating areas.

New facility[edit]

Logo used from 2006 to 2016.
Logo used from 2016 to 2023.

The Spurs campaigned for several years for a new facility. The Spurs and the city had come to an agreement to build a new facility adjacent to the Alamodome, but in a last-minute reversal, the team partnered with Bexar County to construct a new arena adjacent to the Freeman Coliseum. As a part of the agreement, the facility would be home to the Spurs, a new ice hockey team (what became the Rampage), and the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo event.

The facility would be funded through an increase of hotel and car rental taxes, and Bexar County voters approved the plan in November 1999. Coincidentally, the election was held on the same day the Spurs received their rings for their first NBA championship.

Rick Pych is the Chief Development Officer of the AT&T Center and led the Spurs franchise through its development, construction and opening in 2002.

Unlike most arenas that can accommodate basketball and ice hockey, AT&T Center was primarily designed for basketball. Nevertheless, it can accommodate an NHL-sized ice hockey rink, but it can only accommodate a maximum of 16,151 people for ice hockey since the seating arrangement for ice hockey is asymmetrical. There are only a few permanent rows of seating on the lower level of the west end, and all of the upper-level sets on the west end of the arena have obstructed views. This would result in poor sightlines. However, the seating capacity for Rampage games is under 7,000 people, making the upper level not necessary for those events.

In 2012, the Rampage renamed the press box to the "Jessica Redfield Press Box" after Jessica Redfield, an aspiring news broadcaster and a former team intern who was killed in the Aurora theater shooting.[11]


After the arena referendum passed, planning quickly began for construction on the new facility. Naming rights were obtained in July 2000 when an agreement was reached with San Antonio-based SBC Communications to name the new arena the SBC Center. The agreement was reported to be for a total of $41 million over 20 years.

AT&T Center at night in 2006.

Ground was officially broken on the facility in August 2000. The arena's basic design was similar to many of the other newer arenas in the NBA, thanks to the choice of Minneapolis-based Ellerbe Becket as the primary architects. A nationally recognized, local architecture firm, Lake/Flato, was teamed with Ellerbe Becket to work on the design of the structure. Lake/Flato is responsible for introducing a South Texas vernacular to the overall look of the arena. Ellerbe Becket was responsible for designing the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.


On December 9, 2014, the Bexar County Commissioners Court gave Spurs Sports and Entertainment permission to begin up to $101.5 million in renovations to the AT&T Center.[12]

The renovations started in the summer of 2015, when the San Antonio Spurs finished the 2015 season. They included a new scoreboard, updated televisions inside and outside of the arena, a new state-of-the-art sound system, and improved Wi-Fi that covers about 90% of the venue. Expansions to the fan shop and other major parts of the AT&T Center were also in the plans. The renovations were funded by a 2008 tax increase for improvements to the Tobin Center, parts of the Mission Reach expansion, and the rodeo grounds located next to the AT&T Center.[13]

Notable events[edit]

In addition to many local community and sporting events, the center hosts San Antonio Sports Car Association autocross competitions in the parking lot each month.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association holds the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and an Xtreme Bulls tour event annually there. The Rodeo is held in February, necessitating the Spurs and Rampage to make long road trips during this time (commonly referred to as the "Rodeo Road Trip").

On the weekend of August 1–2, 2009, the Professional Bull Riders hosted a Built Ford Tough Series event there (an event previously held at the Alamodome in 2007 and 2008).[citation needed] Since May 2013, the venue has also hosted the annual Bud Light River City Rockfest.[14][15]

On October 1, 2016, the arena hosted the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions.[16]

The arena has also hosted many WWE events including numerous episodes of WWE Raw and WWE SmackDown and the following pay-per views: Royal Rumble (2007), TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2009), Vengeance (2011), and Hell in a Cell (2018). An episode of AEW Collision was held on December 23, 2023.

On June 28, 2014, UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens was held at the arena.[17] On July 20, 2019, UFC on ESPN: dos Anjos vs. Edwards was held at the arena. The event broke the record for most decisions in a row on one fight card.[18] On March 25, 2023, UFC on ESPN: Vera vs. Sandhagen was held at the arena.[19]

Black Sabbath played their final show in the United States here on November 12, 2016.

On April 10, 2019, Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks played his final NBA game at the arena in a 94-105 loss to the Spurs. A tribute video on behalf of the Spurs was shown and Nowitzki was moved to tears as the sold-out crowd congratulated him.[20]

On July 27 & 28, 2019, the arena hosted its first Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live event.


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