There are so many fantastic qualities about San Antonio, but possibly one of the more notable traits is the pride and passion San Antonians have for their sports teams. I mean, how could you not be when you have a perennial NBA championship contender in the heart of your city? From the storied San Antonio Spurs franchise to the San Antonio Missions, a minor league baseball affiliate for the San Diego Padres, this place is rich in professional sports competition. The plethora of good eats and sports bars to watch the games aren’t too shabby either.

Whether you’re trying to nab tickets to actually go to the game or watch it from the comfort of your own home, you’re sure to have tons of options to choose from when it comes to local sports. The Spurs definitely dominate the professional sports scene, as they have had tremendous success for the last two decades. This year’s upcoming season, which begins in late October, will bring a new look to the Spurs, due to the retirement of the legendary Tim Duncan. Even though Timmy D may be riding off into the sunset, there’s no need to fret, since the Spurs have brought in talented veteran Pau Gasol to fill his shoes. Definitely keep an eye out for some cheap game tickets this fall, because a Duncan-less Spurs team should be interesting to watch. The Spurs host several Trinity nights throughout the season, with tickets being available at the Witt Center for a discounted price.

Aside from the Spurs, San Antonio has a wide variety of other professional sports teams that you probably didn’t know even existed. For example, who knew that there was a professional hockey team? I had no idea I could go watch some grade A hockey on any given fall evening, and what’s even better is that this team has some real talent that includes players who have competed in the Olympics and the NHL Stanley Cup. They finished last season just under .500, so fingers are crossed in hopes that they step it up this year and maybe bring some hardware back to San Antonio. The season will begin October 15.

In addition to hockey, there is also a soccer team, the San Antonio Scorpions, and a WNBA team, the San Antonio Stars, who are in season right now. There will be no shortage of games to go to this fall.

However, what about if you want to go watch a game at a sports bar with your friends? You won’t have to look far, as this city is loaded with variety of options. You of course have your typical franchises like Buffalo Wild Wings and Wingstop, but if you are looking for something that is a little bit more homey, Charlie Brown’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill is highly recommended. They have it all over there, from the delicious food to cool events like Karaoke Night, Beer Pong on Thursdays, and live music on Saturday nights. There are 11 TVs, and they have the NFL network, for all you avid NFL fans. The season is right around the corner and this place is definitely ideal for kicking it on those lazy Sundays.

The fall is an exciting time in sports, my friends. There are many advantages to living in a city filled with culture like San Antonio, and professional sports is just one of them. From a world class organization in the Spurs, to an exciting, hard-hitting option in the Rampage, to the always phenomenal fan experience with the Scorpions, there is something for everyone. Even if you are not the biggest sports fan in the world, the opportunities these venues offer are a quality combination of trendy, thrilling, and easily accessible.