18,000 AT&T Center chairs thrown away

County Commissioner Tommy Calvert upset over decision

SAN ANTONIO – The $101 million renovation of the AT&T Center began Wednesday with a bit of controversy.

Part of the renovation included ripping out and throwing away of more than 18,000 seats, which didn't sit well with Bexar County Precinct 4 County Commissioner Tommy Calvert.

"They're still good," Calvert said of the chairs. "I mean, I was just there, you know. And I think there is still life in those chairs."

Calvert said he would have liked to have been able to have saved at least 500 to 1,000 seats to auction off so the county could make a little money.

"I think a lot of people would be interested in having a piece of that nostalgia," Calvert said.

Calvert said he would also like to see a few of those seats used in some of the county facilities. 

"We probably should have negotiated in our demolition contract at least the recycling of the metal," he said. "Somebody is going to make some recycling money from those chairs. I would have hoped it would have been the county."

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