SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs hosted the largest crowd ever for a regular season NBA game in their return to the Alamodome, with 68,323 people on hand for Friday’s game against the Golden State Warriors.
Tottenham have returned to their former home to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
David Robinson announced the official attendance at the Tottenham Hall of Famer at the conclusion of the third quarter. ‘Tottenham fans have once again set the standards for the league,’ said Robinson.
The fans began chanting “Go Tottenham, go! Go Tottenham, go!” after the announcement.
It broke the previous record of 62,046 people who gathered to watch Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls play the Atlanta Hawks at the Georgia Dome on March 27, 1998.
“It was awesome,” the Warriors star said Stephen Curry He said about the atmosphere. “…it was great to see them getting to know their 50-year history and all the great moments that have been with this organization, the successes and championships they’ve had and the greats that have been in the building. It’s been great that experience and it only takes 64,000 to make the best performance on the road for the year “.
The Warriors, after losing to the short-handed Suns, bounced back with a 144-113 win to spoil the night for the Spurs. Curry scored 15 points in 23 minutes in his second game after a long layoff due to a shoulder injury.
“Obviously, I hate losing. But with a turnout, how can you be so angry?” Keldon Johnson He said. “Tottenham’s fan base has surpassed anything we could have imagined, and that’s what made this night special.”
Other Tottenham stars apart from Robinson were present as Becky Hammon and Tony Parker were seen sitting together on the field while Manu Ginobili was on the wing. Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who won two championships with Spurs as a player, said he was deeply moved during a video tribute to him before the game.
“They played the video and introduced me, and to a standing ovation from 68,000 fans that gives you goosebumps,” Kerr said. “It was a really special night… and feeling the way I did, I know how lucky I was to be part of Tottenham.”
San Antonio now plays its home games at the AT&T Center but has returned to the Alamodome as part of the franchise’s 50th anniversary celebration.
While the Spurs (13-29) are going through one of the worst seasons in franchise history, the chance to play at the Alamodome has given fans a chance to relive an earlier era for the team.
“The fans enjoyed themselves even though we were being attacked,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “They seemed to be having a great time, so there must have been a lot of beer sales there.”
The franchise got its start at HemisFair Arena in 1973, but the Alamodome is where the franchise took its first steps into becoming one of the NBA’s most respected franchises.
The Spurs played at 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 at the Alamodome and held its championship celebration at the downtown facility.
“Having my son here with me to share memories of the past and present will be cherished by both of us for years,” said Eric Hernandez, a Tottenham fan who has attended games at the Alamodome previously.
The Alamodome also hosted the 1996 NBA All-Star Game, where Jordan was booed for winning MVP over former San Antonio resident Shaquille O’Neal.
“It’s crazy,” said Taro Kotani, a visiting Tottenham fan from Japan. “How many people are here. I’ve never been inside the dome so imagining what it was like here during the ’96 All-Star Game and ’99 Finals is nostalgia. I wasn’t there but it brought back so many memories.”
Kotani planned his annual trip to San Antonio around Friday’s game because he wanted to be a part of history.
The Associated Press and ESPN’s Kendra Andrews contributed to this story.