Baseball -- From early April through early September, the minor-league San Antonio Missions play at the Nelson Wolff Stadium, 5757 Hwy. 90 W. Most home games for this farm club for the San Diego Padres start at 7:05pm, except Sunday games, which start at 4:05pm. Tickets range from $8 for adult general admission to $12 for seats in the lower box. Call tel. 210/675-7275 for schedules and tickets, or check the website at www.samissions.com.
Basketball -- Spurs madness hits San Antonio every year from mid-October through May, when the city's only major-league franchise, the San Antonio Spurs, shoots hoops. At the end of 2002, the Spurs found a new home at the AT&T Center. Ticket prices range from $20 for nosebleed-level seats to $100 for seats on the corners of the court. Tickets are available at the Spurs Ticket Office in the AT&T Center, which is at One AT&T Center Pkwy. (tel. 210/444-5819), or via Ticketmaster San Antonio (tel. 210/224-9600; www.ticketmaster.com). Get schedules, players' stats, and promotional news -- everything you might want to know or buy relating to the team -- online at www.nba.com/spurs.
Golf -- The AT&T Championship, an Official Senior PGA Tour Event, is held each October at the Oak Hills Country Club, 5403 Fredericksburg Rd. (tel. 210/698-3582). One of the oldest professional golf tournaments, now known as the Valero Texas Open, showcases the sport in May. Log on to www.pgatour.com/r/schedule for information about both.
Horse Racing -- Retama Park, some 15 minutes north of San Antonio, in Selma (tel. 210/651-7000; www.retamapark.com), is the hottest place to play the ponies; take exit 174-A from I-35, or the Lookout Road exit from Loop 1604. The five-level Spanish-style grandstand is impressive, and the variety of food courts, restaurants, and lounges is almost as diverting as the horses. Live racing is generally from late April through mid-October on Wednesday or Thursday through Sunday. Call or check the website for thoroughbred and quarter horse schedules. Simulcasts from top tracks around the country are shown year-round. General admission for live racing is $2.50 adults, $1.50 seniors; for clubhouse, $3.50 adults, $2.50 seniors; for simulcast, $2. Kids 15 and younger and members of the military, active or retired, can enter gratis.
Ice Hockey -- San Antonio has had professional hockey only since 1994, when the Central Hockey League's San Antonio Iguanas appeared on the scene. Disbanded after the 2001-02 season, they were replaced by the American Hockey League's San Antonio Rampage, who dropped their first puck at the AT&T Center (One AT&T Center Pkwy.) in 2002. AHL tickets cost $10 to $65. Try tel. 210/444-5554 or www.sarampage.com for schedules and other information.
Rodeo -- If you're in town in early February, don't miss the chance to see 2 weeks of Wild West events like calf roping, steer wrestling, and bull riding at the annual San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. You can also hear huge amounts of major live country-and-western talent -- Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, Randy Rogers Band, and Lady Antebellum are scheduled for the 2011 roster -- and you're likely to find something to add to your luggage at the AT&T Center's exposition hall, packed with Texas handicrafts. Call tel. 210/225-5851, or log on to www.sarodeo.com for information on schedules. Smaller rodeos are held throughout the year in nearby Bandera, the self-proclaimed "Cowboy Capital of the World." Contact the Bandera County Convention and Visitors Bureau (tel. 800/364-3833 or 830/796-3045; www.banderacowboycapital.com) for more information.
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