They've done it before, and they could do it again.With Houston still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, officials in San Antonio has reached out to the city's NFL team, the Houston Texans, offering the Alamodome as a temporary home for their opening game, which is set for September 10th, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Mike Sawaya, who heads up the city's Sports and Convention facilities, says they're up to the task.
"We're hosting a concert Friday night. We have Guns n' Roses. Forty-thousand or so people, so we would have to get the turn down after the concert, all day Saturday, but we're able to do that for a Sunday night game," he tells Newsradio 1200 WOAI.
If the Texans say yes, it would be a familiar situation for the city. In 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Saints moved their game to the Alamodome.
At the time, the Superdome was housing evacuees, just like NRG stadium is now being used. The team played three games in the Dome, and all three were sellouts.
"We were able to get up and running in a short time for that, so we certainly know how to do that," Sawaya explains.
But is it likely the team will come? The concert would be a snag. The team would need as much time in the Dome as possible to get used to the surroundings. Being displaced on Friday and Saturday would be seen as suboptimal.
But the Dome is ready, including a turf field that can quickly be rolled in place and even painted with the Texans colors. And if the Saints games in 2005 were any indication, football fans in San Antonio would quickly snatch up tickets, making it as close to a home field advantage as possible.