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Volume 26 No. 207
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Spurs Hoping To Get Public Dollars To Pay For New Training Facility

The Spurs "want to build a new state-of-the-art training facility" on San Antonio's Northwest Side -- and "could get public dollars to do it," according to a front-page piece by Joshua Fechter of the SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS. In recent meetings with city and county leaders, Spurs officials "laid out early plans for a campus that includes expanded training facilities as well as space for medical and research areas focused on sports medicine." The team currently practices at a 37,800-square-foot facility that opened in '02. However, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation President & CEO Jenna Saucedo-Herrera said that the Spurs have "'outgrown' their current practice facility in recent years." She added that the team has "said it needs a new one to recruit and keep top players." Other NBA teams have "recently received massive upgrades to their training facilities." Saucedo-Herrera said that Spurs officials "plan to partner" with UTSA, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center and USAA to "build out the campus' medical and research components." It is unclear how much Spurs Sports & Entertainment "would spend on the complex and whether they would add any new jobs -- two key factors in whether city and county officials will ultimately shell out tax incentives to help pay for it" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 11/22).