|Convention Center Arena|
|Full name||HemisFair Arena|
|Location||601 HemisFair Way
San Antonio, Texas 78203
|Owner||City of San Antonio|
|Operator||City of San Antonio|
|Opened||April 6, 1968|
|Closed||May 30, 1995|
|General contractor||Lyda/H. A. Lott|
|Houston Rockets (NBA) (1972–1973)
San Antonio Spurs (ABA/NBA) (1973–1993)
San Antonio Force (AFL) (1992)
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The arena was originally built as part of the 1968 HemisFair. The facility was located in Downtown San Antonio near the Tower of the Americas, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city. HemisFair Arena and the Tower of the Americas were constructed by a joint venture of two contractors—Lyda Inc. of San Antonio and H. A. Lott, Inc. of Houston.
As home of the San Antonio Spurs
The arena initially held 10,146 fans for basketball. The San Antonio Spurs moved to the arena after the American Basketball Association Dallas Chaparrals franchise relocated following the 1972-73 season. The February '74 arrival of Hall of Famer George Gervin helped transform the franchise. The Spurs were such a success as an ABA franchise that they became a National Basketball Association franchise following the ABA-NBA merger in 1976.
The Spurs played their first game at the arena on October 10, 1973 losing to the San Diego Conquistadors 121-106 in front of 5,879. As Spurs games began regularly selling out, the roof of arena was literally raised and lifted during the summer of 1978, adding an upper deck at the facility and allowing for a capacity of over 16,000. While the renovation boosted capacity, it did result in a large number of obstructed view seats in the lower levels due to the support beams required for the upper deck. Throughout its lifespan, it was considered one of the loudest arenas in the NBA.
HemisFair Arena was torn down in 1995, two years after the Spurs moved to the Alamodome in 1993. The last Spurs game to ever take place at HemisFair took place on May 20, 1993 when the Spurs lost to the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 the Western Conference Semi-Finals in the 1993 NBA Playoffs on a last-second jump shot by league MVP Charles Barkley. The last ticketed event to be held at the facility was a Van Halen concert on March 25, 1995. The last event to ever be held at the HemisFair Arena was a graduation for a local high school, Thomas Jefferson High School, on May 30, 1995.
The site is now the location of an expansion to the adjacent Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
The seating capacity for basketball was:
- 10,146 (1968–1976)
- 10,446 (1976–1978)
- 16,055 (1978–1979)
- 16,114 (1980–1981)
- 15,800 (1981–1987)
- 15,770 (1987–1988)
- 15,861 (1988–1990)
- 15,908 (1990–1991)
- 16,057 (1991–1995)
- Selena held her third and final Fashion Show at HemisFair Arena in December 1994 followed by a concert.
- The Jacksons performed at HemisFair Arena on July 15, 1981 during their Triumph Tour.[unreliable source?]
- Elvis Presley performed at HemisFair Arena on April 18, 1972. The concert was one of several filmed for the 1972 documentary 'Elvis On Tour'.
State Fair Coliseum &
|Home of the
San Antonio Spurs
1973 – 1993