The San Antonio Spurs set an NBA regular season game attendance record

The San Antonio Spurs set an NBA regular season game attendance record

The San Antonio Spurs set an NBA regular season game attendance record

A general view of the interior of the Alamodome during the game between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs on January 13, 2023.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – The San Antonio Spurs announced an attendance of 68,323 for their return to the Alamodome, a record for an NBA regular season game.

The Spurs, celebrating their 50th anniversary season, returned to their former home to face the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

Spurs Hall of Famer David Robinson announced the official attendance at the end of the third quarter. Robinson said: “Spurs fans have again set the standard for the league.”

Fans started chanting “Go Spurs Go!” Go Spurs go!” after the announcement.

It broke the previous record of 62,046 people gathered to watch Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls take on the Atlanta Hawks at the Georgia Dome on March 27, 1998.

“Yeah, it’s quite different,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said of the record crowd. “It’s a situation where you know… do they sell alcohol?” I think people are going to be pretty excited. It’s just an exciting time for everyone. It’s nostalgic for everyone. Having so many people in one building, being able to play in front of them, it’s pretty damn exciting, actually. We hope it’s a good game. »

Michael C. Wright reports from the Alamodome explaining how the mood built ahead of Spurs’ record night.

San Antonio now plays its home games at the AT&T Center but returned to the Alamodome as part of the franchise’s 50th anniversary celebration.

With the Spurs (13-29) having one of the worst seasons in franchise history, the opportunity to play at the Alamodome allowed fans to relive an earlier era for the team.

“Having my son here with me sharing a past and present memory will be cherished by both of us for years to come,” said Spurs fan Eric Hernandez, who has previously attended games at the Alamodome.

The franchise began at the HemisFair Arena in 1973, but the Alamodome is where the franchise took its first steps to become one of the most respected NBA franchises.

The Spurs played in the Alamodome from 1993 to 2002 before moving 3.1 miles south to the AT&T Center.

San Antonio won its first NBA championship in 1999 while playing in the Alamodome and held its championship celebration at downtown facilities.

The Alamodome also hosted the 1996 NBA All-Star Game, where Michael Jordan was booed for winning MVP against former San Antonio resident Shaquille O’Neal.

“It’s crazy,” said Taro Kotani, a Spurs fan visiting from Japan. “The number of people here. I’ve never been inside the Dome, so imagining what it was like here during the 1996 All-Star Game and the 1999 Finals is so nostalgic. I wasn’t there but it brings back lots of memories.

Kotani planned his annual trip to San Antonio around Friday’s game because he wanted to be a part of history.

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