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SAN ANTONIO SPORTS

The city's only top-level professional sports team, and consequently the team most San Antonians follow, is the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. The Spurs have been playing in San Antonio since 1973 and have won three NBA Championships (1999, 2003, 2005). Previously, the Spurs played at the Alamodome, which was built for football, but the Spurs built and moved into the SBC Center in 2002. One of the immediate consequences for the SBC Center is the creation of two new teams, The San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League and the San Antonio Silver Stars of the WNBA. San Antonio is also home to the Double-A Minor League affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, the San Antonio Missions who play at Nelson Wolff Stadium on the west side of the city.

The San Antonio Missions is a minor league baseball team based in San Antonio, Texas. The team, which plays in the Texas League, is the Double-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners major-league club. The Missions play in Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium, located in San Antonio. Opened in 1994, the park seats 6,200 fans.

The San Antonio Rampage are the American Hockey League affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes, based in San Antonio, Texas. The team plays their home games at the SBC Center, which is also the home of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs and the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars. The team's logo ties together the team's partners, Black for the Spurs and blue for the Panthers. The bull is a direct reference to the annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, an annual event that occurs at the SBC Center.

The San Antonio Silver Stars are a team in the Women's National Basketball Association. They play their home games in the SBC Center in San Antonio, Texas.
They moved to Texas in 2003. Before that they had been the Utah Starzz (possibly named after the old ABA team, the Utah Stars, ending in 'zz' after the area's other pro basketball team, the Utah Jazz). The Salt Lake City, Utah team had been in the WNBA since 1997, being one of the founding teams.

The San Antonio Spurs are a National Basketball Association team based in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs are the only major pro sports franchise to be located inside the city of San Antonio, and the city shares a special bond with the team almost unmatched in the rest of the NBA. Spurs players are active members to the San Antonio community, and many former Spurs are still active in San Antonio, like David Robinson's Carver Acadamy or fan favorite Malik Rose and his Philly Cheestake restaurant.

In part because of this community involvement, and also because they are the only sports team in the city, Spurs fans have been among the most loyal in the NBA. The Spurs set several NBA attendance records while playing at the Alamodome, including the largest crowd ever for a NBA Finals game in 1999, and the Spurs continue to sell out the smaller, more intimate SBC Center on a regular basis. The Spurs' rallying cry of "Go Spurs Go!", though unoriginal, has endeared itself to the city of San Antonio, and the phrase pops up all over the city as the season progresses into the playoffs and the Spurs inch closer to a possible title. San Antonio has also garnered praise for the way its citizens celebrate Spurs championships. When the Spurs win a title, San Antonians jam up the streets downtown, march around waving flags, throw confetti and honk car horns until dawn, but with little incidence of crime. There has yet to be a major riot involving a Spurs title celebration.

 

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