The Spurs making the NBA Finals is always a special and extremely unique experience in San Antonio. From watching every game to the Academy’s Sports and Outdoors showcasing Spurs gear, you cannot help but be stricken with Spurs fever. This past NBA Finals, I came to realize a fact that has always been a part of the city’s Finals experience. This detail is that downtown San Antonio is the core of the Spurs Finals celebrations.
As you get closer and closer to downtown, the chaos heightens with every passing moment. For example, the Westside of town after the Spurs won the Western Conference Finals this year was insane. The soundtrack of the night was car horns, people banging pots and pans outside their homes, and "Go Spurs Go" chants ringing all over the street. Even after an NBA Finals win, this area of town is bumping this same tune. The atmosphere is as if the fans themselves won the finals. There is an incredible sense of pride and support that Spurs fans produce throughout the city. This was only a sample of what was to come once you hit downtown.
Downtown after a Conference or NBA title is the celebration of all celebrations. It is an understood block party that everyone is invited to. The streets are filled with a lot of the same melodies from the Westside. The difference is that the louder, Dubstep versions of the same tunes are blaring through the streets. The police maintain some order, but let Spurs fan bask in the glory of the win. Fans pile up in cars, SUVs, beds of trucks, or any other vehicle. They wave flags, wear gorilla suits, and interact with anyone willing to respond to chants. It is as if, for one night, downtown is in a Utopia for Spurs fans to rejoice in victory.
In the days of the Alamodome, it made perfect sense that the Spurs Finals celebration continued into downtown. Now that the Spurs play in the AT&T Center, which is not directly in downtown, the festivities still continue to head downtown. This speaks to the fact that downtown San Antonio is still the nucleus of Spurs Finals celebrations. This is common knowledge to all die-hard Spurs fans throughout the city. Although only a Western Conference Championship was celebrated this year, I have full confidence that Spurs fans will fill downtown in celebration of an NBA Championship in the near future. When this does happen, you better be ready to head to the core of the celebration!