Magical evening in the NBA: Alamodome sets new attendance record with more than 68,000 fans after 25 years

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It was a historic one night in the NBA, the largest basketball league in the world. Not because of yet another monster statistic from Luka Doncic or LeBron James, but because of the game between San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors.

Jeroen DePauw

A whopping 68,323 in attendance, a record number of spectators ever for an NBA regular game, saw the visitors win in San Antonio 144-113. The battleground was the Alamodome, home to the Spurs from 1993-2002.

Stephen Curry (number 30), among others, provided the spectacle. — ©  USA TODAY Sports

Host San Antonio Spurs turned back the clock for a moment. They normally play their games at the AT&T Center, about three miles east of the Alamodome, but in honor of their 50th anniversary season, the team wanted to play one more game at the stadium they called home for nine seasons. In 1999, the Spurs won their first NBA title. The NBA All-Star Game was held three years earlier.

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The Alamodome Friday night. — ©  USA TODAY Sports

The previous spectator record had been on the tables for no less than 25 years. On March 27, 1998, 62,046 fans at the Georgia Dome watched the game between the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks.

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