HS football teams left out in the cold after company books Alamodome

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by Dillon Collier / KENS 5

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Posted on December 5, 2013 at 8:42 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- A scheduling conflict at the Alamodome has forced six area schools to play state quarterfinal football games at smaller, outdoor stadiums this weekend.

The Alamodome, which has hosted late-round playoff games since the 1990s, has been rented by USAA on Saturday for the company's annual holiday party.

Crews were hard at work Wednesday preparing the facility for the 10,000-12,000 person dinner, headlined by a performance from legendary rock group ZZ Top.

"It's a substantial impact to our bottom line for that event," said Alamodome General Manager Nick Langella, who refused to discuss how much money USAA paid to book the facility.

The contract between USAA and the city to use the facility was signed in April.

Langella added that when the Alamodome hosted four playoff games over three days in mid-November, roughly 12,000 people attended.

That figure made it difficult for the venue to break even.

"Our mission is to book business for the city of San Antonio and that's what we're doing," Langella said.

Judson plays Madison on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Heroes Stadium.

"We understand they have to go with a sure shot," said Steve Linscomb, public information officer for Judson Independent School District.

Linscomb said if Judson wins Saturday, the team will likely have to travel to Waco for the state semifinals next week.

The other local game Friday night is Brennan versus Leander Rouse at Comalander Stadium.

Northside Independent School District Athletic Director Stan Laing said his district is grateful the Alamodome has ever been made available.

Since the Alamodome is also booked the weekend of December 14, Laing said Brennan would most likely have to play a Houston-area team in Houston's Reliant Stadium if the Bears advance Friday.

On Saturday, when temperatures are expected to dip below freezing, Alamo Heights takes on Port Lavaca Calhoun and Johnson battles Steele.

Both games will be held on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos.

"It can be a convenient excuse if you let it be. Bottom line is the game's gotta be played," said Judson head football coach Mark Smith.

 

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