One of the more famous incidents in Gunslinger history occurred when, in the middle of a game, the lights suddenly went out at Alamo Stadium - and stayed out.
"Somebody didn't pay the electric bill," quipped a member of the Gunslingers staff, perhaps only half-joking.
After an hour, the power was restored, and after the 1985 season the Gunslingers lights were put out - permanently.

Not to be confused with the AlamoDome, San Antonio's Alamo Stadium was a Works Progress Administration project completed in 1940.  The facility has been used for a variety of purposes throughout its history, including on three occasions for professional football:  by the WFL's San Antonio Wings during their brief existence in 1975, by the San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football in 1991, and of course by the USFL's San Antonio Gunslingers during their two-year existence.

Owned and operated by the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD), Alamo Stadium today serves as just one of the district's athletic facilities.  

If you have dreams of resurrecting the Gunslingers and playing there though, you might be able to make a better go of it than Clinton Manges did:  today you can rent Alamo Stadium, complete with 5 police officers for security, 3 custodians, 7 car parking attendants, a pair of timekeepers, a chain gang to handle first downs and an announcer, all for just a little under $ 6,000 a game.

It makes one wonder how Clinton Manges lost money operating the Gunslingers.


San Antonio, Texas


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