Major convention to bring increased traffic, tourists to downtown this weekend

Convention expected to draw 70,000 people to town

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Police Department said Thursday that traffic in the Alamo City is expected to be heavier than normal this weekend.

SAPD cites normal summer tourist traffic and the Seventh-day Adventist Church General Convention Session as reasons for the expected busier roadways.

The convention, expected to draw more than 70,000 people to town, started July 2 and lasts through Saturday.

The convention is considered to be the largest and longest convention ever held in the city.

The conference is expected to have a huge economic impact as well, bringing in at least $40.5 million over the 11-day period.  

SAPD's Traffic Unit is urging drivers traveling in or out of downtown to use Interstate 35 to the west.

The majority of pedestrian traffic is expected east of downtown in the area of Interstate 37, SAPD said.

Drivers are asked to plan accordingly and to be patient on the roadways.

The public is also advised to be aware of expected delays at the airport for anyone flying out between July 11-13.