The San Antonio Gunslingers are headed to Freeman Coliseum

The NAL’s Gunslingers are ready to start their second season in the Alamo City.

KSAT 12 Sports visited the San Antonio Gunslingers of the NAL days before the start of their second season . (Mark Mendez, Copyright 2022 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO – If the name sounds familiar, it should.

To anyone who knows the history of football in San Antonio, the Gunslingers are right up there along with the memories of Jason Garrett playing quarterback for the San Antonio Riders.

But please, hold your applause.

At least until you hear that the Gunslingers are back and the start of their season is Saturday night at the Freeman Coliseum.

The new Gunslingers are playing their second season in San Antonio and their first in the National Arena League. The original Gunslingers played their United State Football League games at Alamo Stadium in 1984 and 1985 before the team folded for financial reasons.

The 2022 arena football team will play a total of 12 regular season games with six games being held at the Freeman. The Gunslingers were scheduled to play at the Freeman last year but the site became a COVID-19 testing center during the pandemic and it hosted antibody therapy treatments for patients starting in January of 2021.

Fred Shaw is the Gunslingers head coach. Shaw was a defensive star for the San Antonio Talons of the Arena Football League. The Talons played their home games in the Alamodome between 2012 and 2014.

The Gunslingers will host the Orlando Predators Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets through or you can visit the Gunslingers website. Tickets for Saturday’s game start at $30.00.

Daniel P. Villanueva has worked with KSAT 12 for over 18 years and is an award-winning producer. To submit story ideas, email

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Daniel P. Villanueva has been with KSAT 12 since 2003 and is the producer of our weekly sports show, "Instant Replay." Villanueva is a graduate of St. Mary's University and is a TAPB and Lone Star Emmy award winner.