Sep 9


City & Ryan Sanders Baseball Officials Agree to Extension

 Officials with Ryan Sanders Baseball, whose principal ownership group includes Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, have agreed to another two-year extension with the City of San Antonio to continue to bring Major League Baseball spring training games to the Alamodome as part of its popular H-E-B Big League Weekend.

“We’ve really enjoyed our relationship with the City of San Antonio,” said Ryan Sanders Baseball CEO Reese Ryan.   “We’re thrilled that we’re able to continue to bring Major League Baseball to all the great fans in South and Central Texas,” Ryan added.  “We’d also like to thank Dave Elmore and the San Antonio Missions for their support of this event.  Without them this wouldn’t be possible.”

This is the second extension on the original agreement, which started in 2013 with the inaugural H-E-B Big League Weekend.  The event has annually featured two MLB spring training games, a fan fest, sports collectible show and post-game concerts on the field.

“H-E-B Big League Weekend has become a spring tradition in San Antonio and we are proud to host this most prestigious event. It is truly a pleasure to work with such a professional organization, Ryan Sanders Baseball, to bring Major League Baseball to the Alamo City," said Alamodome General Manager Nick Langella. 

Over 75,000 fans packed the Alamodome when the Texas Rangers hosted the San Diego Padres in the inaugural games in 2013.  It was the first baseball event in the building’s 20-year history.  In 2014, The Silver Boot rivalry kicked off in San Antonio as the Rangers took on their in-state rivals Houston Astros. Last season, the Los Angeles Dodgers faced off against the Rangers in the two-game exhibition.

“We’re working on the teams for next spring,” said Ryan Sanders COO J.J. Gottsch.  “The clubs we are talking with are currently in the playoff hunt, so the match-up should be a good one.”

Dates for the 2016 H-E-B Big League Weekend were also announced this afternoon.  The games will be played the third weekend in March (18 & 19), once again coinciding with spring break in the Lone Star state.  The teams participating in the 2016 event will be announced later this month.  

"Next March is going to be an exciting time to come to San Antonio, offering visitors not only exciting baseball with H-E-B Big League Weekend, the World Champion San Antonio Spurs, season openings at SeaWorld San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas and all the great attractions and events for which our city is known. San Antonio needs to be in everyone’s Spring Break plans for 2016!” said Casandra Matej, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director.