More than 108-thousand fans attend All-Star game

By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas
(AP) —
Not only bigger in Texas. The

biggest.

The NBA All-Star game at Cowboys

Stadium set a record for the most-attended basketball game ever with a

crowd of 108,713 people filling the stadium Sunday night.

“It’s meant to be a party,” Dallas Mavericks

owner Mark Cuban said. “We say we’re going to throw the biggest party

like you’ve never seen before and that’s exactly what it turned out to

be.”

Cuban was joined at midcourt by

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at the end of the third quarter to

announce the record figure. The record was certified by Guinness Book of

World Records, and there were already T-shirts celebrating the mark.

Jones spearheaded the building of the $1.2

billion stadium that opened last year in Arlington, a city of more than

370,000 people located between Dallas and Fort Worth.

The crowd for the second NBA All-Star game in

the Dallas area was larger than any of the NFL games played in the

stadium.

“I’m pleased looking at it,”

Jones said. “The atmosphere, if you had had a highly competitive

situation where these teams were playing for the world championship,

imagine this 100,000 people being completely nuts.”

That could be the scene next February, when

Cowboys Stadium hosts the Super Bowl. The 2014 NCAA men’s Final Four

also will be played in the building.

The

Cowboys drew 105,121 for their first regular-season game against the New

York Giants last September to set an NFL regular-season attendance

record. For their playoff game last month against the Philadelphia

Eagles, the Cowboys drew a crowd of 92,951. That was the most in NFL

history for a playoff game other than the Super Bowl.

“Everybody’s had a great time. … You can just

see people’s eyes just bugging out of their head,” Cuban said. “It’s

crazy and I haven’t heard a negative comment yet.”

The only other time the NBA All-Star game was

played in the area was in 1986 before a crowd of 16,573 at Reunion Arena

in downtown Dallas. That facility was demolished last year.