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Old 09-25-2010, 03:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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We went to the Alamodome today to attend the San Antonio Home and Garden show. Earlier this year we went to the Alamodome to see Disney on Ice with our daughter--we noticed then that it was a bizarrely lengthy walk to get from parking lot C to the entrance--lots of twists and turns and stairs just to get about 500 feet as the crow flies. While the engineering that went into that is befuddling all on its own, allow me to share with you the ungodly odor that emanated from the tunnel where you have to walk once you get down the series of steps. DH looked at me and said, "That smells almost like cat urine." as we got closer to the tunnel, the smell got worse, and when we looked down, that was when we saw the mouse droppings--everywhere. I mean EVERYWHERE. You couldn't avoid them. The smell of mouse urine was revolting. You could hear them under the rafters just a-squeakin' away, quite loudly--DH said there must have been quite a large colony thanks to the cricket population this year. Freaked me OUT...we carried the girls so they wouldn't step in any of it, but we couldn't avoid it ourselves. Everyone who parked in lots C&D (where most people have to park) have to walk that way to get to the doors.

The other thing we noticed was that any landscaping that was ever done before to the walkway is gone now--just barren-looking landscape river rocks remain on the way to to the front doors. It is really sad. The City really needs to do something with that place or just tear it down. Yuck.

OTOH, the Home Show was very nice. We have pretty much decided on a Caldera Spa from Sweetwater, and putting in a Flagstone patio. So that was good....but I sure hope they find a new venue next year.
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It's 18 years old, which is ancient by the NFL's standards and truly unfortunate since it was built specifically to attract the NFL. It costs the city over $1 million/year to maintain it, even though it's used fewer than 30 days a year. My guess is that the city won't ever tear it down until the taxpayers commit to building something better.

I feel sorry for the businesses like Sunset Station whose owners probably thought they were set for decades, being located next to the city's largest venue. It's no wonder no similar businesses have chosen to locate in the AT&T Center's neighborhood.
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Old 09-25-2010, 03:35 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Don't tell her about the cockroaches they found in the food vendors areas...
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Old 09-25-2010, 03:42 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Walking around inside it was dark and reminded me of something of out the old East Germany or Communist USSR. Dark, ugly, and grey.
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Old 09-25-2010, 03:44 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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It's 18 years old, which is ancient by the NFL's standards and truly unfortunate since it was built specifically to attract the NFL. It costs the city over $1 million/year to maintain it, even though it's used fewer than 30 days a year. My guess is that the city won't ever tear it down until the taxpayers commit to building something better.

I feel sorry for the businesses like Sunset Station whose owners probably thought they were set for decades, being located next to the city's largest venue. It's no wonder no similar businesses have chosen to locate in the AT&T Center's neighborhood.

Me too, Bowie!! It is really so neat over there, with the train station and that whole area that looks like it is (or was) restaurants and galleries! Such potential too for even more growth. So sad.



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Don't tell her about the cockroaches they found in the food vendors areas...

AAAACCCK!!! That reminds me of a story about the Astrodome and some bug bombs after the whole Katrina evacuee thing...I wish I could remember the details, but it had something to do with how many giant cockroach carcasses they found over the next few days...
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Old 09-25-2010, 03:53 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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We went to the Alamodome today to attend the San Antonio Home and Garden show. Earlier this year we went to the Alamodome to see Disney on Ice with our daughter--we noticed then that it was a bizarrely lengthy walk to get from parking lot C to the entrance--lots of twists and turns and stairs just to get about 500 feet as the crow flies. While the engineering that went into that is befuddling all on its own, allow me to share with you the ungodly odor that emanated from the tunnel where you have to walk once you get down the series of steps. DH looked at me and said, "That smells almost like cat urine." as we got closer to the tunnel, the smell got worse, and when we looked down, that was when we saw the mouse droppings--everywhere. I mean EVERYWHERE. You couldn't avoid them. The smell of mouse urine was revolting. You could hear them under the rafters just a-squeakin' away, quite loudly--DH said there must have been quite a large colony thanks to the cricket population this year. Freaked me OUT...we carried the girls so they wouldn't step in any of it, but we couldn't avoid it ourselves. Everyone who parked in lots C&D (where most people have to park) have to walk that way to get to the doors.

The other thing we noticed was that any landscaping that was ever done before to the walkway is gone now--just barren-looking landscape river rocks remain on the way to to the front doors. It is really sad. The City really needs to do something with that place or just tear it down. Yuck.

OTOH, the Home Show was very nice. We have pretty much decided on a Caldera Spa from Sweetwater, and putting in a Flagstone patio. So that was good....but I sure hope they find a new venue next year.
The winding areas are because of the train tracks and the way they had to engineer around them.

Those were bats. Not mice. They live under the bridge.
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Old 09-25-2010, 04:03 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I have a deep-seated...I'll say it...hatred for the Alamodome. It's just a colossal waste of real estate and money. It's also butt-ugly, and I agree that the walk in from the parking is ridiculously convoluted.
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Old 09-25-2010, 04:09 PM
 
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truly unfortunate since it was built specifically to attract the NFL. It costs the city over $1 million/year to maintain it, even though it's used fewer than 30 days a year.
grrr >_<

I wonder what the future holds for the dome but the conditions M2F reported are not acceptable, not if this is going to be one of the first and most lasting impressions visitors will have whose main interest and reason for visiting SA is an event at the dome.
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Old 09-25-2010, 04:11 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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The winding areas are because of the train tracks and the way they had to engineer around them.

Those were bats. Not mice. They live under the bridge.


Okay, well, this was not bat guano. These were mouse droppings. What can I tell ya?

I think a pedestrian bridge could have taken care of the ol' train track problem, rather than, oh, I dunno, a 1/2 mile of winding opportunity to lose your wallet, car keys, and cell phone at gunpoint.
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Old 09-25-2010, 04:19 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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So here's a question for ya-- did you call the City and report it?
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