Bexar County Approves AT&T Center Upgrades

When the SBC Center opened in the Fall of 2002, it was billed as a beautiful, state of the art facility that would house the San Antonio Spurs for years to come. And after 12 years of housing countless indoor rodeos, concerts, basketball and hockey games, (plus undergoing a name change) the arena will be getting a much needed upgrade.

On Tuesday, Bexar County approved a $6 million upgrade to the AT&T Center's WiFi, while also approving upgrades to the restaurants, suites, seating and scoreboard.

Judge Wolff said the technology upgrades, along with improvements to the arena's restaurants that are expected in 2014, are a “really good start.” Next year, the facility's scoreboard will be replaced, and seating and suites will be enhanced.

“I know that's expensive, but it's something that has to be kept up with,” Wolff said of the wireless Internet plans. “We are really turning it into a first-class facility that benefits everybody.”

As most of y'all who have ever attended an event at the AT&T Center know, the internet and reception at the arena is borderline awful. So much so that the lethargic AT&T Center WiFi is a running joke amongst local and national media members. 

But the most interesting news (at least to me) is the fact that The Lighthouse will no longer be in commission come next season. Everyone knows that Dallas Cowboys changed the game with their scoreboard when they opened AT&T Stadium. The Houston Rockets soon followed suit in 2012 by installing what was the largest indoor scoreboard in the United States. (Cowboys Stadium is considered outdoor because of the roof.)

Not to be outdone, the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets now also have their own monstrosity of a scoreboard in their respective arenas. Do the Spurs join the high-definition scoreboard wave? Or should they stick to something more traditional and Jumbotron-esque? Either way, there's hardly a bad seat at the AT&T Center as is, but no doubt a new scoreboard should make seeing the Spurs that much easier.

So what do you think of the changes coming to the AT&T Center, Spurs fans? Any particular aspect of the arena you would like to see upgraded?

About John Diaz

John is a University of Houston student studying journalism and a jack of all trades (but master of none) for the Project Spurs Network. His other titles include managing editor of Spurs on Sixth and associate editor of Texas Redzone Report. You may follow him on Twitter @byjohndiaz.