More than 108-thousand fans attend All-Star game
By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Not only bigger in Texas. The
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
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
“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.
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.