Because San Antonio Is a Football Town! Well, Almost.

Starting a major 
college program from scratch in a city that’s never had one of its 
own is a tricky business. Good thing the UTSA Roadrunners hired a 
national champion to help them kick off.
San Antonio Is a Football Town! Well, Almost.
Photograph by Jonathan Saunders

For a 65,000-seat stadium, the Alamo­dome is one hell of a basketball gym. The San Antonio Spurs won their first NBA championship there in 1999 before departing for the AT&T Center, and the NCAA men’s and women’s Final Four has taken place there five times combined. But football? San Antonio built its artificial turf of dreams in 1993, but football didn’t come. Sure, the Dallas Cowboys regularly hold training camps inside the climate-controlled dome, the New Orleans Saints played three games there after Hurricane Katrina, and Notre Dame and Army have each had a “home” game in the River City (though Army’s was against Texas A&M). But

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