Built in 1949, the Alamo Convocation Center was a San Antonio historical landmark in need of renovations.
As of Monday, finishing touches were all that was left before the center’s facelift debuts Tuesday night.
"The locker rooms are ready, concession stands are ready -- we're ready to go,” said Gil Garza, executive director of athletics for the San Antonio Independent School District.
A basketball triple-header is scheduled for Tuesday night starting at 5 p.m. Athletes and fans alike will notice big differences when they walk through the doors.
"It has gotten a major facelift, (from) the ventilation system (and) the air conditioning (to the) restrooms (and) concession stands,” said SAISD's superintendent, Dr. Sylvester Perez.
The athletic center also has new locker rooms, new ticket windows, remodeled bathrooms, a new sound system, a new press box and retractable basketball goals.
The ceiling was replaced and new, state-of-the-art lights added, making a once-dark gym much brighter.
The project is part of the 2010 SAISD Bond Package, which, in tandem with Alamo Stadium, has a budget of $35 million. Alamo Stadium is scheduled to be completed in late May, in time for the football season. SAISD said the entire project is on-budget and on-schedule.
Despite its modern upgrades, plenty of effort went into preserving the landmark.
"We went over and beyond (employing) painstaking efforts to keep its originality,” said Perez.
The Alamo Convocation Center is now also ADA-compliant and will house all of the athletic offices, bringing it in line with other area districts.
"The kids deserve this, the community deserves it and our school district deserves it,” said Garza.