Will San Antonio Commanders bring an economic win for the city?

San Antonio Commanders bringing in big numbers of fans

By Sarah Acosta - Reporter, Lee Carpio - Photojournalist

SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Commanders football team in the new Alliance of American Football scored big this weekend with the amount of fans who packed the Alamodome for its inaugural game.

The Commanders beat the San Diego Fleet 15-6.

The team may also be scoring big numbers for the local economy. According to the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, nearly 28,000 fans showed up at the Alamodome for the team's first game.

Richard Perez, CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, said the city already saw an economic impact before the season started.

“All the teams in the league, and I believe there is eight of them, all of them had their training camps in San Antonio,” Perez said. “They were staying in our hotels, eating at our restaurants and utilizing our facilities. All that was about an $8.8 million economic generation shot in the arm to San Antonio.”

This is the 13th football team to come try its luck in San Antonio. Perez believes the Commanders can be successful in San Antonio because of its support from the NFL and its national television contract.

According to Nielsen, the team's televised game averaged a 6.6 rating, beating out the ratings of the NBA Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder game, which averaged a 1.7 rating shown at the same time.

“Our local game was televised here locally, so we had a lot more eyeballs watching the team, and of course, they've changed the format of the game so the games are faster and they are a little more exciting,” Perez said.

Perez said the projected figures of how the team will impact the city economically most likely won't be ready until next year, but with many locals attending the game on Saturday, Perez said he feels good about the team's future.

“They have engagement with the team by them going, right?" Perez said. “Locals spending local dollars, that also generates sales tax. That makes money move in the community.”

People on social media platforms mentioned long lines at the concession stands during Saturday's game.

The Alamodome sent KSAT the following statement on the matter:

“The awesome crowd at Saturday’s inaugural AAF game exceeded everyone’s expectations, but unfortunately that also meant long lines for food and beverages. We’ve directed our concessionaire to add more staff and stands for the next game. The Alamodome is thrilled to be the home of the AAF Commanders and is committed to creating an enjoyable experience for all fans," said Patricia Muzquiz-Cantor, director of the Convention and Sports Facilities Department.

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