SAN ANTONIO- APRIL 2: An elevated exterior view of the the Alamodome on the eve of the NCAA Men's Final Four at the Alamodome on April 2, 2004 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Alamodome has hosted about every sporting event you could think of since being built back in the 1990s to host the San Antonio Spurs and assorted football games, including the annual Alamo Bowl, which has great regional interest since it includes a Big 12 team.
But this March, the Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres will make history by playing the first pro baseball games in the dome as they will meet for two exhibition games just before the start of the season on March 29 and 30.
The Padres, of course, are the parent club to the Double-A San Antonio Missions, who are a part of the Texas League with the Rangers' affiliate, the Frisco RoughRiders.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to be playing in the first-ever baseball games in the Alamodome,” said Rangers President and CEO Nolan Ryan at a press conference Friday at the Alamodome. “We appreciate the support of everyone involved from the city, the Missions and the Padres, as well.”
With the way the stadium will be configured for baseball, it will allow seating of more than 50,000, which if the game is a sellout, would set the record for the most people to ever watch a baseball game in the state of Texas. Go ahead and call Guiness.