Riding With the San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs are one of only four former members of the American Basketball Association to remain intact after the league’s merger with the National Basketball Association in 1976. They are also the only team from that league that has so far managed to win an NBA Championship.

The team has actually been extremely successful, earning 17 division titles, four Conference Titles, and four Championships. They have made it to the playoffs in 19 out of the last 20 seasons and are one of only two teams to keep a perfect record though multiple Finals Series.

The home of the San Antonio Spurs is an indoor arena called the AT&T Center located in San Antonio, Texas. Formerly known as the SBC Center, the arena opened in 2002 and cost 175 million dollars to build. For basketball, the stadium seats 18,581 fans. Aside from the Spurs, the arena also hosts the Silver Stars of the WNBA, the Rampage of the AHL, and the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo as well as several concerts each year.

Home games for the San Antonio Spurs are full of excitement both on the court and on the sidelines. In their hometown the Spurs are accompanied by their popular mascot, Coyote. Coyote can be seen during breaks in the game performing his wild antics and stunts, and during the game on the sidelines and in the stands. Perhaps one of the most famous moments in the mascot’s history came during a game in 2005 when he argued a call and was ejected from the game. The Coyote did not return to the court until given an official pardon by the Texas governor a few games later.

Of course, the Coyote is not the only entertainment at Spurs games. They also have several stunt and dance teams including the Sterling Silver, who are a group of seniors that perform at some home games each year. Team Energy, the Spurs Special Forces, and the Junior Jammers are just a few more examples of the offerings for entertainment fans experience when visiting the team in San Antonio.

Out in their community, the San Antonio Spurs are involved in various charities and programs to help people in need. The Spurs Foundation, now known as Silver and Black Give Back, works within the community to improve the lives of area residents, children in need and their families. Along with other area teams, the Spurs engage in activities that encourage sports and educational excellence, giving children the tools they need to have a brighter and better future.

The San Antonio Spurs are a largely successful team, entertaining and delighting fans of all ages, and earning the respect and loyalty of their fans and neighbors all year long.

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