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SGA starts new tradition with Spurs Night

By Erica Martinez

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.

TAMUSA's first Spurs Night at the AT&T center, Nov. 18,2015. Students and faculty watched the Spurs play the Denver Nuggets.
TAMUSA’s first Spurs Night at the AT&T center, Nov. 18,2015. Students and faculty watched the Spurs play the Denver Nuggets.

“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.

Spurs guard Danny Green warms up before the start of the game. TAMUSA Spurs Night tickets offered the opportunity to watch pregame warm ups. Photo by Ami Sarabia
Spurs guard Danny Green warms up before the start of the game. TAMUSA Spurs Night tickets offered the opportunity to watch pregame warm-ups. Photo by Ami Sarabia

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.

 

 

About the Author

Erica Martinez
Erica Martinez
Throughout my life, I’ve heard people tell me that the bad people come from the South Side of San Antonio. I went into Communications so I can be that voice that’s telling future generations that you can be anything you want to be. Coming from the “bad side” of town doesn’t mean you won’t amount to anything. I’m proud of who I am, where I come from, and it will always keep me humble. In my senior year of high school I lost my father which forced me to work so I could help my mom pay the bills since she received government assistance. I’ve held a few jobs from working at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Furr’s Buffet, Speedy’s Chicken and finally settling at H-E-B. Working and going to school has been tough on me since my time is stretched but I've learned to manage my time whether it be waking up early before work to complete my classwork, or moving my work schedule around to do my part on a group project. I’m in my last year of college which I never thought would come. I’ve had a few setbacks, but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my goals.

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