SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Thethey’re set to break the NBA single-game attendance record on Friday night when they host the Golden State Warriors.
The Spurs announced Wednesday that they sold 63,592 tickets for the game, which will be played at the Alamodome, their former home in San Antonio. It is possible that, with standing tickets, the Spurs could hold about 68,000 people.
Either way, they are certain to break a record that has stood for nearly 25 years. The largest crowd for an NBA regular season game, as measured by tickets distributed, is the 62,046 people who gathered to watch Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls take on the Atlanta Hawks in the Georgia Dome on March 27, 1998.
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The largest crowd in league history was 108,713 for the 2010 All-Star Game at the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.
Excluding that All-Star Game, Friday’s matchup will be only the fourth NBA game with an attendance above 50,000.
Two of those were at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan: The Detroit Pistons drew 52,745 for a game against Philadelphia on February 14, 1987, then had a crowd of 61,983 for a game against Boston on January 29, 1988. That record it remained until the game at the Georgia Dome in 1998.
The Alamodome’s record for an NBA game is 39,554 on June 18, 1999, when New York visited San Antonio for Game 2 of that year’s NBA Finals.
The Spurs announced the record in typical low-key franchise fashion: They circulated a press release that read only “63,592.” They played at the Alamodome from 1993 to 2002, before moving to their current stadium.
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