To start their five-game road swing, the Golden State Warriors will travel to San Antonio for a game against the Spurs. However, instead of playing at San Antonio’s AT&T Center, the defending NBA champions will meet the Spurs at the historic Alamodome to honor the franchise’s 50th anniversary.
With the game set for the large arena in Texas, the Warriors vs. Spurs has the chance to set the NBA’s single-game attendance record on Friday night.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Spurs are selling over 63,000 tickets for the game at the Alamodome. The game could potentially sell 68,000 tickets.
Via @ShamsCharania on Twitter:
The previous attendance record has stood since 1998 when Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls met the Atlanta Hawks in the Georgia Dome. The Bulls vs. Hawks game brought in 62,046 people.
Outside of Bulls vs. Hawks in 1998, the only other NBA game to surpass 60,000 fans came in 1988 when the Boston Celtics met the Detroit Pistons at the Pontiac Silverdome (61,983).
Although it doesn’t count as a regular season game, the NBA All-Star Game in 2010 hosted 108,713 fans at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
From 1993 to 2002, the Alamodome was the home of the Spurs. Currently, the Alamodome hosts the UTSA Roadrunners and the San Antonio Brahmas of the XFL. Since 1993, the Alamodome has hosted the Alamo Bowl in college football.
Both the Warriors and Spurs are riding three-game losing streaks heading into Friday’s game. Fans in attendance will get the opportunity to watch Steph Curry. After missing 11 games, due to a shoulder injury, the reigning NBA Finals Most Valuable Player recently returned to the court on Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns. Curry tallied 24 points in 31 minutes in his first game back from injury.