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The City of San Antonio

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 10/29/2009
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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· San Antonio has a population of more than 1.3 million, making it the nation’s seventh-largest city.

· San Antonio was the fifth-fastest growing city in the country from 2007-08.

· With more than 26 millions visitors per year, San Antonio is one of the top tourist destinations in the United States.

· San Antonio boasts some of the state’s most visited attractions: The Alamo (1), The River Walk (2), SeaWorld San Antonio (4), Six Flags Fiesta Texas (13), San Antonio Zoo (14).

· Settled in 1731, San Antonio is one of the American West’s oldest cities and its rich history surfaces in its architecture, neighborhoods, food, culture and traditions.

· With 300 days of sunshine annually and an average temperature of 70 degrees, San Antonio is an ideal destination year round.

· San Antonio has 68 miles of urban hike and bike trails and more than 11,000 acres of urban parks.

· San Antonio boasts one of the largest military concentrations in the country with Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base and Randolph Air Force Base located in the city.

· San Antonio is home to five Fortune 500 companies: Valero Energy, Tesoro Petroleum, Clear Channel Communications, USAA and NuStar Energy.

· The largest medical research and care provider in South Texas, the South Texas Medical Center, calls San Antonio home.

· San Antonio is a sports town, as it is home to four professional sports franchises: the four-time NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs, the WNBA’s Silver Stars, the American Hockey League’s Rampage and the San Diego Padres’ Double-A affiliate Missions.

· San Antonio is a sports destination, as it annually hosts the Valero Alamo Bowl, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the PGA Tour Valero Texas Open and the Champions Tour AT&T Championship. The city also has hosted three NCAA Men’s Final Fours, two Women’s Final Fours, five NCAA Basketball Regionals and a pair of Big 12 Football Championship Games.

Sources: San Antonio Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Wikipedia

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