SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have announced an attendance of 68,323 for his or her return to the Alamodome, a record for an NBA regular-season game.
The Spurs, celebrating their fiftieth anniversary season, returned to their former home to face the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
Spurs Hall of Famer David Robinson announced the official attendance on the close of the third quarter. Robinson said, “Spurs fans have again set the usual for the league.”
Fans began chanting “Go Spurs Go! Go Spurs Go!” after the announcement.
It shattered the previous record of 62,046 who gathered to observe Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls play the Atlanta Hawks on the Georgia Dome on March 27, 1998.
“Yeah, that’s pretty different,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said of the record crowd. “It’s a situation where you recognize … are they selling alcohol? I feel that individuals will likely be pretty fired up. It’s just an exciting moment for everyone. It’s nostalgic for everyone. To have that many individuals in a single constructing, to have the opportunity to play in front of them, is pretty rattling exciting, actually. We hope it’s game.”
San Antonio now plays its home games on the AT&T Center but returned to the Alamodome as a part of the franchise’s fiftieth anniversary celebration.
While the Spurs (13-29) are having certainly one of the worst seasons in franchise history, the prospect to play on the Alamodome gave fans a likelihood to relive a former era for the team.
“Having my son here with me sharing a past and present memory will likely be cherished by each of us for years,” said Spurs fan Eric Hernandez, who previously attended games on the Alamodome.
The franchise began on the HemisFair Arena in 1973, however the Alamodome is where the franchise took its first steps to becoming one of the crucial respected NBA franchises.
The Spurs played within the Alamodome from 1993 to 2002 before moving 3.1 miles south to the AT&T Center.
San Antonio won its first NBA championship in 1999 while playing within the Alamodome and held its championship celebration within the downtown facility.
The Alamodome also hosted the 1996 NBA All-Star Game, where Michael Jordan was booed for winning MVP over former San Antonio resident Shaquille O’Neal.
“It’s crazy,” said Taro Kotani, a Spurs fan visiting from Japan. “The quantity of individuals here. I’ve never been contained in the Dome, so just imagining what it was like here during ’96 All-Star Game and ’99 Finals is so nostalgic. I wasn’t there but this brings back numerous memories.”
Kotani planned his annual trip to San Antonio around Friday’s game because he desired to be an element of history.