If authentic Mexican food, clothing, jewelry and other goods weren't reason enough to urge San Antonio Spurs fans to make the trek to Laredo, TX next weekend, the Spurs are now slated to be a part of the Laredo International Sister Cities Festival starting next Friday, July 22.
The Spurs Fan Experience, consisting of a display of the Spurs' four championship trophies, members of the Silver Dancers, a VIP guest and a special display trailer outside Laredo Energy Arena, will kick things off on June 22 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“Adding the presence of a very popular professional sports team in South Texas and throughout Mexico to the Sister Cities Festival gives it a fresh angle and another level of appeal,” said Blasita J. Lopez, Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau Director. “People who may not have considered coming to the Laredo Energy Arena for our traditional and wonderful Mexican offerings of food, jewelry, clothing, liquor, furniture and other goodies, might just make the trip to catch a glimpse of any one of their championship trophies, or get a photo with one of the Spurs Silver Dancers. I think that once they are at the Festival, they will want to stay and experience everything there is to offer at the event.”
The fan experience will also have "inflatable interactive components" but with the lockout in full swing, I doubt you'll see the likeness of any Spurs players as part of the experience.
Aside from San Antonio's representation, the festival will have representation from some of its 30 sister city partnerships.
For Spurs fans, it may just be worth the two-hour drive to Laredo for a photo opp with the Spurs' 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007 Championship trophies.