Dramatically improved Alamo Convocation Center to reopen Jan. 7

Dramatically improved Alamo Convocation Center to reopen Jan. 7



The work of bringing the 64-year-old Alamo Convocation Center into the 21st Century under Bond 2010 is completed – in time for the Jan. 7 triple-header that will kick off for the historic center a new era, though one that fully embraces its past.

The facility opened in 1949 and is home to SAISD’s basketball and volleyball games and special events. The first basketball games to be played in the newly refurbished center will be girls Varsity games: Highlands vs Burbank, at 5:00 p.m., and Lanier vs Jefferson at 6:30 p.m., and a boys Varsity game: Edison vs Brackenridge, at 8:00 p.m.

The major bond renovations to completely overhaul the Convocation Center bring it in line with athletic facilities in neighboring school districts. Though some work had been done to the center over the years, such as the addition of air-conditioning in 1989 and a new gym floor in 2009, no major work was on record for the center since it opened.

The major renovations will help facilitate a new legacy-building chapter for the Convocation Center and the many athletic teams that play there, but the center’s rich past will not be forgotten. Great care was taken to maintain the historic integrity of the center, which was named, along with Alamo Stadium, to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.


When it opened, the center initially was referred to as the Alamo Stadium Central Gymnasium.Included in the Convocation Center upgrades are:

•    Seating areas, locker rooms, bathrooms and showers that now provide accessibility in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act   (ADA).

•    New locker rooms and showers with privacy stalls.
•    Fully renovated restrooms that include energy-efficient lighting and new plumbing fixtures to replace antiquated ones.
•    New air-conditioning and heating system.
•    Refurbished wooden bleachers.
•    New state-of-the-art lighting throughout the gymnasium.
•    Newly installed retractable basketball goals that allow for easy transition of the court space to other uses.
•    A new press box and sound system, as well as sound baffling to mitigate noise pollution.
•    New, more modern stainless steel equipment in the concessions area.
•    Renovated exterior with new awnings and windows that preserve the building’s historic integrity.
•    A newly paved parking lot with energy-saving LED lighting that includes wireless control and proximity sensors.