The San Antonio Spurs may be 13-30, but they’ve got an entire NBA beat in one part of the record book.
The Spurs broke the NBA single-game attendance record on Friday with a crowd of 68,323 fans. Golden State Warriors. Attendance increased thanks to a special game played at the team’s former home in the Alamodome as part of the team’s 50th anniversary celebration.
The previous record of 62,046 fans was held by a March 27, 1998 game at the Georgia Dome. Atlanta Hawks and Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls, the group documented on ESPN’s “The Last Dance.” The total was enough to move the Spurs from 29th in the NBA to 15th. Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press.
Spurs fans certainly treated the game, a 144-113 loss, as a special occasion:
The Spurs were widely expected to break the record entering the game after announcing that they had sold 63,592 tickets on Wednesday. Boldly concise style.
While Friday’s crowd was the largest ever for any team, the NBA record for most fans at any event still belongs to the 2010 All-Star Game, which drew 108,713 fans. Dallas CowboysAT&T Stadium.
As part of the anniversary celebration, Spurs also brought back some familiar faces:
To announce the record attendance, the Spurs turned to Hall of Fame center David Robinson.
The night was a special occasion for the fans and the team who earned it. The Spurs can’t be described as good this year — they currently sit second-to-last in the Western Conference — but the power of the team’s history was clear Friday.
Not only have they had plenty to celebrate over their past 50 years, like five NBA championships and the NBA’s most beloved Hall-of-Famers, they’ve built the league’s most passionate fan base in San Antonio. A million people with only one team in the four major North American men’s leagues.