SAN ANTONIO, TX- The Spurs will not leave San Antonio.
On Tuesday morning, the San Antonio Spurs owner reassured fans that the pro team would not leave San Antonio after a plan to play a few games in Austin caused fans to question if the team was moving.
Last week, the Spurs requested to play two games in Austin’s Moody Center. Instead of moving the team, the Spurs are just trying to expand the brand. The large corporations moving to Austin could add new sponsors for the Spurs and the increase in popularity in the Austin area made San Antonio officials anxious.
The owner of the Spurs told fans in a Twitter post not to worry and the Spurs were not going to move.
The letter reads:
Dear San Antonio,
I love you. I love this city. A big city with a casual small-town feel and a GREAT basketball team. I want to reassure you that the Spurs are in San Antonio to stay.
I love the charreadas, the big green trees and watching my four children play at the splash pad at Yanaguana. I love eating the best chicken in the world at Pollos Asados Los Nortenos on Rigsby near my office, or sharing breakfast tacos with friends (yes, WE do have the best tacos).
I was rasied in San Antonio and this city has helped define the foundation of the Spurs. The Spurs are as much a part of San Antonio as San Antonio is a part of the Spurs.
I was 12 years old when we won our first championship in 1999. My wife has early memories running behind the curtains at the Alamodome to get a David Robinson bobblehead. My children love to pull the tail of the Coyote, the same way I did as a child.
Everywhere I go in San Antonio, I love hearing stories of people’s memories and connections to our team. Your stories and your ties to our Spurs have helped shape who I am and who we are as a city. We will keep making memories, together, inside of Bexar County.
My family became involved in the Spurs in the 90s because there was a real threat that the team would be moved. We would not let that happen then and we will not let that happen now. There is no other team in the NBA like the Spurs and no other home like San Antonio. The military presence, the downtown honkers, the Salesian sisters who pray during games, the Baseline Bums- these are the San Antonio Spurs. The Alamo, the Missions, the Pearl, the Riverwalk, Fiesta- these are the San Antonio Spurs.
There are no Spurs without the city and the people of San Antonio. Your team, our team, together we are the silver and black. Spurs fans- we are here to stay, Por Vida.
Peter J. Holt