NIOSA Examining Options for Fiesta 2020 as La Villita Construction Looms

A Fiesta without NIOSA? The head of the San Antonio Conservation Society, which puts on the event as its main annual fundraiser, says that is not out of the question for 2020, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Chief Johnny Hernandez' Grupo La Gloria' is working with the city to open three new restaurants on Maverick Plaza, which is the open space along Alamo Street at La Villita, and is the traditional entrance to Night in Old San Antonio.

"We are very concerned about the limitation of the footprint after the three restaurants will be completed," Conservtion Society President Susan Beavin said. "And you will also have two years of construction that will impact NIOSA."

She is concerned that the construction on Maverick Plaza will make it difficult and even dangerous for NIOSA visitors to get to the event.

Beavin says all alternatives are being considered.

"We are looking at our options, whether we can expand across the street into Hemisfair," she said. "We are also looking at some of the booths we have, those that don't make as much money, and looking at whether we can reconfigure that."

Beavin says moving NIOSA out of LaVillita, where it has been held every Fiesta since the 1950s, is also being considered, and so is the last-ditch possibility that NIOSA may not be able to take place at all during the 2020 Fiesta.

Construction on the restaurants is expected to begin later this year.

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