When members of Student Government Association (SGA) convene, it’s usually in a classroom or meeting space. But on Nov. 18 members were able to relax and spend time together, like any other group of students.
As part of a promotion with the Spurs Sports and Entertainment Group, tickets were available for a discount to SGA members and students between the San Antonio Spurs and the Denver Nuggets.
SGA’s first Spurs Night Nov. 18 was successful according to SGA President Allison Garcia.
“It’s a fun way for students to get out and have some fun,” Garcia said. “I know with SGA we’re always in a meeting setting so it’s nice to get out.”
With all the nitty-gritty business of running an organization, some student organizations are also pressing for more fun on campus.
Spurs Sports and Entertainment sales department now offers group tickets to local universities at a discounted price. Tickets sold for $30 dollars each in selected seating areas and 46 tickets were sold.
“Some benefits that come with this partnership is we can rent out the court if rec sports wants to use their court for intramurals, we can host alumni events, discounted tickets to see the Rampage and the Stars,” Garcia said.
As a bonus those who purchased discounted tickets were able to sit courtside and watch the players warm-up.
“We hope to establish a tradition with these games,” Garcia said. “I know with SGA we’re always in a meeting setting so it’s nice to get out.”
Senior psychology major Amado Navarro took advantage of Spur’s night to attend his first game, although he isn’t much of a Spurs fan.
“It’s my first Spurs game, I’m not really a Spurs fan,” Navarro said. “I’m a Lakers fan.”
The Spurs were in top form with Patty Mills was scoring 3-pointers, Tony Parker scored a season high of 25 points, Tim Duncan had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Spurs beat the Denver Nuggets 109-98.
The AT&T Center renovations were completed in October.
“Over $100 million dollars was spent for the renovations for the AT&T Center,” said Jimmy Glodich, a sales representative for Spurs Sports & Entertainment.
Glodich said fans will notice improvements to their experiences, including expanded entrances, renovated lobbies, new concessions and bar areas, a larger Fan Shop and a new state-of-the-art video scoreboard.
The renovations were funded through a 2008 voter-approved extension of the original visitor tax that voters passed in 1999 to build the AT&T Center, combined with a significant investment from Spurs Sports & Entertainment according to the AT&T Center website.