The San Antonio Spurs set a new NBA attendance record on Friday night, with a crowd of 68,323 people at the Alamodome for their game against the Golden State Warriors. The defending champions, Golden State, won the game 144-113.
The Spurs were celebrating their 50th anniversary at their former home from 1993 to 2002. The team broke the 25-year-old single-game regular season attendance record of 62,046 people set by Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls vs. the Atlanta Hawks at the Georgia Dome on March 27, 1998.
“I think it’s awesome. I think it’s a great way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Spurs,” said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who played in the 1998 game with Jordan and the Bulls.
While Friday night’s game set a new mark for regular season games, it did not reach the sport’s record of 108,713 that was set by the 2010 All-Star Game at Cowboys Stadium. If you don’t count that game, this should be the fourth game in NBA history to boast 50,000 attendees, according to ESPN.
ESPN televised the Spurs-Warriors game nationally, with Ryan Ruocco, JJ Redick, and Cassidy Hubbarth on the call. The network also utilized a mobile Sky Cam and drones to capture footage of the record crowd streaming in.