For the Active Sports Person

By Arthur Glenn

According to the U.S. Weather Bureau, and Chamber of Commerce, the sun shines over the San Antonio area 300 days a year. Can you fault residents, then, for their outdoors bent? And with over 200 city-owned parks, pools, skateboarding facilities, golf courses, football and soccer fields, and roadways among other venues, it is easy to do just that…go outdoors.

But while much of our activity is outside, the city derives an amount of its notoriety, and pleasure, from indoor sports events. At the Alamodome, a facility built in 1993 to accommodate a professional football team that never materialized, sporting and convention events abound. The city has hosted the Alamo Bowl, a December college football bowl game, the NCAA Big 12 football championship, the NCAA Basketball regional and Final Four tourneys, and lately its’ been the home for the University of Texas San Antonio’s Roadrunner football team. The AT&T Center is home to the National Basketball Association’s 5-time NBA champion Spurs, who have been playing here since 1973, the American Hockey League’s Rampage and the Silver Stars, the W(omen’s)NBA team, which recently announced a move to Las Vegas NV.

Going outdoors, the San Antonio Missions, the Double-A Texas League baseball team, which has played its home games at Nelson W. Wolff Stadium, which moved to Amarillo TX in 2019, to be replaced by the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

The city is also home to the U.S. Army All American Bowl, an East vs. West football game featuring high school seniors.

But back to participatory sports, here is a list of all manner of metro area sports activity from A (Archery) to T (Tennis) for active and enthusiastic players. And while we probably left out more than a few activities, including ping pong and Frisbee golf, we will keep our eyes on the target and when a new sport crosses the plate, we will add it on as well.

San Antonio Metro Area Sports Activities
Adapted Programs (child & adult handicapped)
City of San Antonio210-207-3048
Mesquite Creek Archery5711 Kenwick St., 78238210-256-8004
Gassman’s Archery & Air Guns102 Jackson Keller, 78216210-822-7131
Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)2718 W Woodlawn, 78228210-734-2620
South Texas Adult Baseball League2818 Falling Brook, 78258210-326-0212
Texas District 19 Little Leagues
Alamo HeightsPO Box 6114, 78209
BulverdePO Box 233, Bulverde 78163
Capitol ParkPO Box 33157, 78265210-599-2011
Greater Helotes10185 Braun Rd., 78023210-688-3767
Greater Randolph210-209-5107
KirbyPO Box 190056, Kirby 78280210-661-5020
McAllister Park American13102 Jones Maltsberger, 78216830-980-3393
Northside9630 Bandera Rd., 78250210-523-7888
Northwest6828 Poss Rd., 78238210-520-2097
Towne & Country Optimist6493 McCullough, 78209210-320-3520
Windcrest9112 Jim Seal Dr., Windcrest 78239210-392-8704
Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)2718 W Woodlawn, 78228210-734-2620
City of San Antonio Adult Basketball210-207-3109
Jewish Community Center12500 N W Military Hwy., 78231210-302-6820
YMCA903 S St Mary’s, 78215210-246-9600
Birding & Hiking
Cibolo Nature Center140 City Park Rd830-249-4616
Guadalupe River State Park3350 Park Rd 31830-438-2656
Castroville Regional Park816 Alsace St830-931-4070
New Braunfels
Panther Canyon in Landa Park830-221-4350

The city and metro area have over twenty golf courses, both private and public, within its bounds. And tennis is no stranger to the area, with multiple court facilities, at the McFarlin Tennis Center, across from the campus of San Antonio College, and the Sokol tennis facility at the Jewish Community Center on NW Military Highway.

For the hiker, off-road biker or runner in you, McAllister Park, Hardberger Park and Friedrich Park offer plenty of space.