The Spurs game at the Alamodome to break the NBA’s single-game attendance record

The Spurs game at the Alamodome to break the NBA’s single-game attendance record

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs are poised to break the NBA’s single-game attendance record Friday night when they host the Golden State Warriors.

The Spurs announced Wednesday that they have 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 room tickets, Spurs could accommodate around 68,000 people.

Either way, they are sure to break a record that stood for nearly 25 years. The largest crowd for an NBA regular season game, as measured by tickets distributed, is the 62,046 who turned out to watch Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls know the Atlanta Hawks at the Georgia Dome on March 27, 1998.

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 this All-Star Game, Friday’s game will be just the fourth NBA game with more than 50,000 in attendance.

Two of them 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 stood until the 1998 Georgia Dome game.

The Alamodome 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 franchise fashion: a press release was distributed that read only “63,592.” They played at the Alamodome from 1993 to 2002, before moving to their current venue.

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