The San Antonio Spurs have been knocking it out of the park with fiesta jerseys and throwback commemorations of their storied history in recent years. Rumors suggest they still might outdo themselves in 2023.
The year will be special for the Silver and Black, as it'll mark 50 years since they were renamed the San Antonio Spurs from their previous moniker, the Dallas Chaparrals. The 1973-74 season was the organization's first official season in the Alamo City since its inception in 1967.
Over the years, dozens have legends have suited up for the Spurs, including George Gervin, David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili. In that span, the team has had seven different homes, beginning with the State Fair Coliseum in Dallas and going through classics like the HemisFair Arena and Alamodome up to the present-day AT&T Center.
If rumors are true, San Antonio will be honoring their past in a big way for their 50th anniversary next season, which could include the return of the retro black jerseys with "San Antonio" written out across the chest.
Pounding the Rock's Ty Jager shared a teaser on his Twitter on Tuesday with more details.
Could the Spurs be returning to the Alamodome for a celebration game?
By now, most Spurs fans are familiar with a Monday report that the team was looking to play a few home games away from the AT&T Center next season. The news caused panic in many Spurs fans who are fearful of them being moved elsewhere soon, although there has been no indication of that happening.
That request by the Spurs was partially accepted by Bexar County, which allowed an expansion of "away" home games only next season instead of over the next two. Within those terms include a return game to the historic Alamodome, which was the home of the Spurs during their first-ever NBA title in 1998-99.
San Antonio Express-News writer Scott Huddleston shared why the Alamodome might've been included in the proposal:
"A source close to the issue but not authorized to speak about it said the Spurs want to play two games at the Moody Center in Austin, one at the Alamodome for a 50th-anniversary celebration in 2023 and an international game in Mexico City. None of the locations are confirmed, partly because some venues, including the Alamodome and Monterrey’s sports arenas, currently do not meet NBA standards."
San Antonio news station KSAT included a blurb about this in their coverage as well: "SS&E also wants to play a game in the Alamodome, the team’s home court during its 1998-1999 championship season, as part of its 50th anniversary season in 2022-2023."
Get ready to celebrate, Spurs fans -- it looks like the team has a lot in store next season.