FAQs

The Alamodome is located in downtown San Antonio approximately 10 minutes south of the San Antonio International Airport, and walkable from downtown hotels. 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 Transportation section of the website to get updated information regarding downtown parking, transit and rideshare on game day.
The Alamodome seats 65,000 for football. Temporary seating allowed a sports record crowd of 66,166 to 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. Doors open 90 minutes prior to kick-off for the Shamrock Series.

Bags: Bags larger than 12x12x12 inches are prohibited.

  • All fans and their belongings will be searched upon entry.

Cameras: Cameras are allowed as long as they do not disrupt the view of others.

  • Video cameras are not allowed.

Prohibited Items:

  • Weapons
  • Outside food and beverage
  • Noise makers
  • Flags with poles
  • Helium balloons
  • Tobacco products including e-cigarettes
  • Pets (except service animals)
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

One of the easiest ways to get to the game is VIA’s Park and Ride service, which drops fans off at the Alamodome’s front door (North door). Service starts three hours prior to kickoff and the round-trip fare is only $5. Also dropping off at the front door of the Alamodome is VIA’s PRIMO service, which makes stops throughout downtown. The PRIMO fare is $1.30 each way. For more information, check out VIA online at viainfo.net.

Video cameras and flash cameras are allowed in the Alamodome provided the cameras are held in your hand and 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 WorldStrides Heritage Performance at 1-888-242-7597.
ESPN controls the game broadcast and does not typically make a video of the game available for purchase nor do they televise the halftime band performances. 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 WorldStrides Heritage Performance 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.
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 on each level of the stadium 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.
The temperature varies by levels, but the Alamodome typically averages 72 degrees for football events.

Parking at the Alamodome is available through pre-purchased permits only. There will be no game day sales. Parking permits allow fans to tailgate within their allotted space starting at 10 a.m. on game day.

For other parking options, fans are encouraged to utilize the parking garages and surface lots in downtown San Antonio. Instead of driving to the Alamodome and working back toward these available lots, fans will experience less congestion by going directly to one of the downtown lots viewable at alamobowl.com/thegame/transportation/.

Fans can utilize ride share to come to and leave the Alamodome in Lot A. First time Uber riders can get started here and insert the promo code VABOWL16 to receive a free ride up to $20 off. Already an Uber rider? Don’t forget to share this promo code with others so that they can enjoy a ride around town!

Parking passes for the Shamrock Series can be purchased here: alamobowl.com/tickets/game-tickets/
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.

All parking at the Alamodome requires a prepaid parking pass. There are no game day sales. If you have a pass, the lots will open by 10 a.m. Tailgating is restricted to the space in front or rear of your vehicle. Do not obstruct the driving lane. Blocking off or saving spaces is not permitted. Stages, large balloons, kites, platforms, tarps, etc. are not allowed.Roadways, aisles and other parking spaces must be kept free of tailgating equipment to allow for vehicle and pedestrian traffic. No solicitation, selling or marketing of any kind is allowed. Alcoholic beverages are permitted. No glass containers.

Approved Cooking Appliances: grills for charcoal, wood, small propane pits and electric. A fire extinguisher must accompany each group using a cooking appliance and a person knowledgeable in its operation must attend to cooking appliances when hot.

No food or beverages are allowed to be taken into the Alamodome. No loud music or profanity. No children playing in the thoroughfare. Separate containers are available in Lots B & C for hot coals and trash.

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.

Through the 2025 season the Valero Alamo Bowl, 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 typically 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 Band – Section 103. Big 12 Band – Section 125.
Most events are open to the public with some requiring a ticket purchase. Visit the Events section for more details.
The Shamrock Series weekend has a number of events open to the public, check gameday.nd.edu for updated schedules.
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. To order online, visit www.alamobowlmerchandise.com/
Shamrock Series souvenirs can be purchased on game day and through the Notre Dame online store, shop.und.com
The participating teams will open their Player-Guest and Will Call windows on game day at the Southwest Box Office (Big 12) and Southeast Box Office (Pac-12) of the Alamodome.
Tickets go on sale through the Valero Alamo Bowl website following our option holder renewal period which is typically in the spring of each year. Tickets bought through the bowl website prior to December are usually renewable while one time buys are available at www.ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster outlets 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!
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.
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 before Thanksgiving. Please call our office at (210) 226-2695 if you do not receive game tickets by November 30. 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 Valero Alamo Bowl Box Office will try and accommodate requests to relocate people so everyone can be together. If you’d like to purchase a single SRO ticket for a child sitting on your lap, please call 210-704-6666 with a credit card and your seat locations.

What are my parking options for game day?

All parking spaces at the Alamodome are prepaid. If you have already purchased a prepaid parking pass click here to view arrival and departure maps. If you need more information of the best ways to get to the game, please visit the Transportation section on our website or call 210-704-6666.
To ensure you will have a spot, purchase your Shamrock Series parking passes here: alamobowl.com/tickets/game-tickets/
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.
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 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 other premium options, please call Rick Hill at (210) 704-6388.
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 bowl also posts to Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter using the handle: /valeroalamobowl
The Valero Alamo Bowl will be televised on ESPN. ESPN Radio (1250 in San Antonio) will carry the national radio broadcast of the Valero Alamo Bowl.
To order online, visit www.alamobowlmerchandise.com/. 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.

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