San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo plans to stay on East Side amid reports of Spurs possible move downtown

‘Our home is the AT&T Center and the Freeman grounds,’ SA rodeo CEO says

Freeman brothers provided vision to make San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo a reality

SAN ANTONIO – Officials with the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo said they are planning to continue celebrating on the East Side after reports that the San Antonio Spurs might move downtown.

Rodeo officials said they are proud and excited to continue being a part of the Freeman Coliseum and AT&T Center grounds after 75 years.

“We have received some questions regarding our future intentions for the county facilities we utilize, and we want to clarify our plans with the San Antonio community,” said San Antonio Rodeo CEO Cody Davenport. “Our home is the AT&T Center and the Freeman grounds, and we are incredibly proud to celebrate this milestone with Bexar County, the City of San Antonio, our over 6,000 volunteers, our media partners, and sponsors.”

The Spurs have played at the Bexar County-owned AT&T Center on the East Side since 2002 and have a lease that lasts into 2032 but a recent report on KSAT states that the NBA team is having “informal and preliminary” discussions with the city about possibly moving downtown.

An East Side business owner told KSAT many people drive to and from the area without staying, which he suspects might be the reason there hasn’t been a wider revitalization of the area in the two decades since the AT&T Center opened.

Davenport said the rodeo remains committed to the East Side.

“We have a commitment to Bexar County, and we remain committed to continue to help educate Texas youth with the support of our patrons and guests, who we look forward to seeing this February,” Davenport concluded.

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has raised more than $225 million for Texas youth through scholarships, grants, endowments, and Jr. Livestock competitions over the past 75 years, according to a press release.

The 2024 San Antonio rodeo will take place Feb. 8-25 at the AT&T Center & Freeman fairgrounds.

About the Author:

Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.