FAQs

The Alamodome is located in downtown San Antonio approximately 10 minutes south of the San Antonio International Airport. To get to the Alamodome from the airport, take 281 South and exit Cesar Chavez. Take the turnaround and the Alamodome is on the right. Visit the Parking and Directions section of the website to get updated information regarding downtown parking on game day.
The Alamodome seats 65,000 for football. Temporary seating allowed a sports record crowd of 66,166 attend the 2007 Valero Alamo Bowl. The largest crowd in Alamodome history is 73,086 for the George Strait concert on June 1, 2013.
Doors open two hours prior to kick-off for the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Please refer to your game ticket for the most convenient entry into the Alamodome based on your seating assignment. However, your ticket allows you to enter into any gate.
There are eleven ATMs at the Alamodome. On the plaza level they are located on the East and West side as well as in the North and South entrances. On the club level, ATMs are located in the Northeast, Northwest and Southeast corners. On the upper level and field level, an ATM is located on the North end. A majority of the concession stands in the Alamodome take credit cards. Generally, all of the permanent stands take credit cards while most portable ones do not. Outside of the Alamodome, the closest ATM is located one block north of the Alamodome next to the main entrance of Sunset Station by their Box Office.
In accordance with Alamodome security guidelines, bags 12″ x 12″ x 12″ or smaller will be permitted after a thorough inspection by stadium security staff. Fans that need to bring a diaper bag, when accompanied by a baby or infant will be subject to the same inspection procedures. Fans should be prepared to open their bags for inspection and may be asked by security staff to shift and possibly remove the contents. Backpacks, duffel bags or any bag larger than 12″ x 12″ x 12″ will be denied access inside the Alamodome and fans will be asked to return them to their vehicle.  There are no lockers outside of the stadium to store items nor can any items be held by staff members. All items left unattended outside the stadium will be disposed of by stadium staff. Prohibited items include (but are not limited to): weapons, knives, explosives, fireworks, strollers, laser lights, sticks, coolers, bottles, drinks, food or noisemakers. Still cameras are allowed (but cannot have professional lenses defined as 5 inches or longer or large carrying cases).
No, there is no overnight parking at the Alamodome. For game day RV parking permits (if available), call 210-704-6387. The lots will open for vehicles with parking permits at 10 a.m. on game day for the Valero Alamo Bowl. To search for RV Parking options in San Antonio: http://www.rvparking.com/TX/San-Antonio
VIA Metropolitan Transit will operate special event park and ride service to the Valero Alamo Bowl. Park & Ride is available with free parking for VIA riders (must purchase VIA fare). Locations offer lighted and secured parking. Bus service and token purchase from the Park & Ride locations to the Alamodome will start 3 hours prior to kick off. Return service will be available every 30 minutes throughout the game and will run for 45 minutes after the conclusion of the game. Tokens will be sold at the Park & Ride locations, Full Fare is $2.50 each way. There is also a downtown bus route that drops off at the Alamodome for $1.20 each way. View the Directions and Parking section for more details.
Video cameras and flash cameras are allowed in the Alamodome provided the cameras do not have professional lenses extending over five inches. If you are interested in a video of the university band performances, please contact the university band director. If you are interested in purchasing a video of the high school bands performance, please contact Bowl Games of America at 1-888-242-7597.
ESPN controls the game broadcast and does not typically make a video of the game available for purchase. If you are interested in a video of the university band performances, please contact that school’s university band director. If you are interested in purchasing a video of the high school bands’ performance, please contact Bowl Games of America at 1-888-242-7597.
The Alamodome does not allow outside food and beverages to be brought into the facility. Tailgating is allowed in the Alamodome parking lots with the appropriate parking pass. Lot B is the main tailgating lot.
Once you enter the Alamodome for the game, the Dome does not allow you to re-enter the facility if you leave it. In other words, no in-and-outs. Thus, if you want to spend time at the pregame activities at Sunset Station, please do so before you go into the Alamodome. Ushers do, however, man four sections on the lower level where fans can exit the building into secure areas to smoke. These sections in the Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest are outside of Sections 106/107, 117/118, 128/129 and 139/140.
The Alamodome is a non-smoking facility. However, ushers man four sections on the lower level where fans can exit the building into secure areas to smoke. These sections in the Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest are outside of Sections 106/107, 117/118, 128/129 and 139/140. Beer, wine and spirits are sold at the game through the end of the third quarter.
There are family restrooms on the mezzanine (Level #3 if using the elevators) next to the elevator on the Northside (behind row 36 of section 101) and on the Southside (behind row 36 of Section 123). Most men’s and women’s restrooms throughout the facility have changing tables.
Beer, wine and spirits are for sale on all levels of the Alamodome for the Valero Alamo Bowl. All alcohol sales stop at the end of the third quarter.
With average crowds in excess of 63,000 and limited on-site parking, fans are encouraged to utilize the parking garages and surface lots in downtown San Antonio (northwest of the Alamodome). There are numerous lots off of Houston and Commerce Streets around The Alamo and the Marriott Rivercenter as well as north of Sunset Station. VIA Metropolitan Transit will operate special event park and ride service to the Valero Alamo Bowl. Park & Ride is available with free parking for VIA riders (must purchase VIA fare). Locations offer lighted and secured parking. Bus service and token purchase from the Park & Ride locations to the Alamodome will start 3 hours prior to kick off. Return service will be available every 30 minutes throughout the game and will run for 45 minutes after the conclusion of the game. Tokens will be sold at the Park & Ride locations, Full Fare is $2.50 each way. Downtown buses are $1,20 each way. View the Directions and Parking section for more details. Visit http://www.sanantonio.gov/dtops/parkdtops.asp for list of downtown Parking Garage and Surface Lot parking options. Your best option is to approach the Alamodome west of downtown and park as close to the facility as possible rather than trying to drive to Alamodome and then work your way back to open lots.
All Alamodome parking lots are currently at capacity for the Valero Alamo Bowl. To be placed on our wait list if additional parking comes available, please call (210) 704-6387.
No, there is no overnight parking at the Alamodome. For game day RV parking permits (if available), call 210-704-6387. The lots will open for vehicles with parking permits at 10 a.m. on game day for the Valero Alamo Bowl. To search for RV Parking options in San Antonio: http://www.rvparking.com/TX/San-Antonio

All parking, including disabled spaces, is sold by pre-paid parking permit. Alamodome parking lots open at 10:00 a.m. and close 1 hour after the conclusion of the game. Disabled patrons without a parking pass can utilize the ADA drop off area located in Lot A and proceed to alternate parking offsite. To check parking availability, please call 210-704-6666.

For the Valero Alamo Bowls following the 2014-2019 seasons, the games will match-up the #1 selection from the Big 12 against the #1 selection from the Pac-12 after College Football Playoff bowls. Most years both teams will be announced on Selection Sunday (the first Sunday in December).
The Big 12 is the home team for odd number years and is anchored on the West sideline (opposite the press box). The Pac-12 is the home team for even number years and is anchored on the East sideline (press box side).
The Big 12 is the visiting team for even number years and is anchored on the West sideline (opposite the press box). The Pac-12 is the visitor for odd number years and is anchored on the East sideline (press box side).
In odd number years, the Big 12 is the home team and will wear the dark jersey and the Pac-12 team is the visitor and will be in the light jersey. In even years, Big 12 is the visiting team and will wear light jerseys, while the Pac-12 team will have dark jerseys.
Pac-12 Representative’s Band – Section 103. Big 12 Representative’s Band- Section 125
Most events are open to the public with some requiring a ticket purchase. Visit the Events section for more details.
Souvenirs will be available at the Marriott Rivercenter and Hyatt Regency hotels two days prior to the game. On game day you can purchase merchandise in the Fan Zone at Sunset Station starting 5 hours before kickoff and in the Alamodome when the gates open two hours prior to kickoff.
The participating teams will open their Player-Guest and Will Call windows on game day at the South West Box Office (Big 12) and South East Box Office (Pac-12) of the Alamodome.
Tickets go on sale through the Valero Alamo Bowl website in the spring of each year. They will be available at www.ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster outlets in late August. For the elite fan looking for the VIP Experience, official ticket and hospitality packages are available from PrimeSport. PrimeSport hospitality is available with or without game tickets and includes regional food stations, open bar, music and more!
Because the bowl has been selling option seats since July 1992, each year the availability of lower level locations decreases. To acquire the best seat possible and have the best opportunity to purchase a ticket, football fans should purchase tickets in advance of the team announcement through the bowl’s Ticket Option Holder plan.
Option holder tickets can be purchased on the Valero Alamo Bowl Web site each year until the teams are announced (or if an announcement is pending). The tickets sold on the bowl website prior to team announcement are season “option” tickets which means the buyer has the option to renew the same seats (and upgrade when better seats are available) every year.
Yes, online renewals will be available each year. Your seat locations will remain the same and you will be renewed. If you have any questions about your renewal, please call (210) 226-2695.
The lower level (the 100 level) has 35 rows. When you enter through the plaza level, you enter on row 19. The club level hangs over rows 28-35 on the lower level. The club level (the 200 level) has six rows of permanent seating along the northside (rows 1-6) and an additional four rows (rows 7-10) of folding chairs on the southside. The upper level (the 300 level) has 28 rows. To see the view from individual seats, take advantage of the bowl’s 3-D map.
Generally speaking most sections on all levels have 24 seats in each row, but it does vary. The seats are numbered 1-24 from left-to-right when you are looking into the stands from the field.
Generally all game tickets ordered through the Valero Alamo Bowl by October 30 will receive a commemorative ticket that will be mailed out in late November. Please call our office at (210) 226-2695 if you do not receive game tickets by early December. Tickets ordered through the bowl office after after October 31 will be processed and mailed within 7-10 business days. For tickets ordered through Ticketmaster or the university, please refer to their policies.
Everyone entering the stadium must have a ticket. This change was implemented in March 2006 based on feedback from Valero Alamo Bowl option ticket holders mainly because in a sold-out Alamodome there is little room for lap children and the noise levels are very high. The Alamo Bowl Box Office will try and accommodate requests to relocate people so everyone can be together or locate a single SRO ticket if needed.
All Season Ticket Option Holders purchased through the bowl prior to October 31 will automatically receive souvenir tickets. These tickets will be sent directly from the ticket printer in mid-November. Option Holder tickets purchased after October 31 will be processed and mailed within 10 working days and and will not be on souvenir stock.
This year’s Valero Alamo Bowl game program will be available at the game and on sale on the website. Internet orders will be processed and mailed within 7-10 days after the game.
The bowl offers a package of priority seating to all the bowl events including the bowl game through a corporate membership. For more information, please see our Corporate Membership or call Rick Hill at (210) 704-6388.
Tickets are available through the Valero Alamo Bowl website or through Ticketmaster’s website and outlets. Tickets can also be purchased through the Alamodome Southwest Box Office Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. beginning each August. For the elite fan looking for the VIP Experience, official ticket and hospitality packages are available from PrimeSport. PrimeSport hospitality is available with or without game tickets and includes regional food stations, open bar, music and more.
With the blending of the primary and secondary ticket markets, the Valero Alamo Bowl started demand base pricing for our tickets during the 2011 season. On a higher demand game, all tickets will be well above the initial face value. This rewards our annual buyers and makes the team tickets a better value. Typically, game ticket price increases each year on September 30 and November 15. Then, pricing is adjusted weekly after team announcement in December. Even on lesser demand games when ticket prices are lowered to compete with the secondary market, prime locations have often returned double the early Fall pricing.
Bowl option holders are sent a renewal mailing in the first quarter of each year. On average, the bowl ticket office is able to move a few hundred accounts to better locations. First and second year option holders who are sitting outside the 10 yard lines have the greatest chance of receiving an upgrade. Ticket holders inside the 10 yard lines on the club and lower levels will have difficulty upgrading (especially those with more than two seats) since existing ticket holders in these prime locations rarely give up their seats. All ticket option holders will be notified of the upgrade/relocation process in April/May of each year.
All ticket orders through the bowl office before October 31 will receive a commemorative, souvenir-style ticket. Based on the heavy demand for each year’s game, the bowl will not have any commemorative tickets available for souvenirs after the game.
For the elite fan looking for the VIP Experience, official ticket and hospitality packages are available from PrimeSport. PrimeSport hospitality is available with or without game tickets and includes regional food stations, open bar, music and more!
All official events are listed on the bowl’s Fan Events page. While there are some team-only, private functions, most events are open to the public and tickets are still available for purchase.
The Valero Alamo Bowl Bowl Insider newsletter includes the latest information on the perspective teams and bowl events. Sign up for the Bowl Insider or email info@alamobowl.com
The Valero Alamo Bowl will be televised on ESPN.
Team specific souvenirs are for sale at the team hotels, the Marriott Rivercenter and Hyatt Regency, beginning two days prior to the game. On game day, merchandise can be purchased at the Fan Zone in Sunset Station five hours prior to kickoff and at the Alamodome when the gates open two hours prior to kickoff. In the event that there is any unsold merchandise, items will be placed on the bowl’s website after the game. Game programs can be ordered before the game online, but they will not be mailed until the week following the game.
ESPN Radio (1250 in San Antonio) will carry the national radio broadcast of the Valero Alamo Bowl.