The Doc Watkins Trio performs at the AT&T Center’s Bud Light Courtyard in San Antonio on Oct. 10. (Ryan Vestil / AT&T Center)

Bud Light Courtyard hosts outdoor, socially distanced shows

As venues throughout the country have struggled to adapt to coronavirus-related public health restrictions and guidelines, San Antonio’s AT&T Center has developed a novel approach to keep its space in use.

The 40,000-square-foot Bud Light Courtyard situated on the arena’s west side has assumed new purpose in recent weeks, hosting several outdoor, physically distanced concerts, including three sold-out shows.

Programming at the intimate space, which can accommodate 762 fans, kicked off with Ward Davis on Sept. 26, and continued in October with concerts by The Doc Watkins Trio, comic Bert Kreischer, and a joint performance by Aaron Lewis and Sully Erna, the frontmen for Godsmack and Staind, respectively. Kreischer’s two shows Oct. 17 grossed $68,244, according to Pollstar Boxoffice reports.

In addition to its distanced nature, the Bud Light Courtyard is using modern technology to further reduce risk and streamline the experience for customers. The space has mobile ticketing and contactless pedestal ticket scanners allowing entry with mobile devices, and once fans arrive at their pods they can use their devices to order food and beverage from AT&T Center’s branch of Rock & Brews, the Kiss-affiliated restaurant chain.

These aren’t the first pandemic-era events the space has hosted. In May, AT&T Center, home of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, invited Spurs fans to relive the decisive Game 7 of the 2005 NBA Finals with a big-screen, limited-attendance watch party at the Bud Light Courtyard. Over the years, the Bud Light Courtyard has served as an event space for AT&T Center, hosting concerts by the likes of the Charlie Daniels Band, Charley Crockett and Grupo Fantasma.