The 5 largest attendances in history for an NBA game

Next night, we should live a moment of NBA history. In fact, 63,592 spectators are expected at the Alamodome in San Antonio for the meeting between the Spurs and the Golden State Warriors, in what will be the largest attendance meeting of all time. In the meantime, back to 5 other games that brought together the most fans to date.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls

Date: March 27, 1998
Location: Georgia Dome (Atlanta)
Number of viewers: 62,046

Throughout the “Last Dance”, the Bulls of Michael Jordan moved the crowd more than ever. The proof was on March 27, 1998, when MJ’s arrival in Atlanta brought together at least 62,046 spectators – NBA record – at the Georgia Dome. That season, the Hawks oddly played in the city’s indoor football stadium, pending the opening of their new hall that would replace the Omni Coliseum. For the record, know that the Atlanta franchise initially limited attendance to 57,000 people for security reasons, but cheap tickets were sold in the final hours to beat the previous record. Those who wanted to see Michael Jordan one last time, or who had never had the chance to see him in person, flocked to see Jojo give Chicago the win with 34 points.

Detroit Pistons vs. Boston Celtics

Date: January 29, 1988
Location: Pontiac Silverdome (Pontiac)
Number of viewers: 61,983

Prior to this March 1998 Hawks – Bulls, the attendance record was held by the Detroit Pistons franchise, who hosted the Boston Celtics in front of nearly 62,000 people at the Pontiac Silverdome on January 29, 1988. The Pistons had never played at the Palace of Auburn Hills at the time, but this huge indoor stadium was also home to the Detroit Lions (the city’s NFL franchise) and even the scene of supercross competitions. That day, the Detroit Bad Boys (Isiah Thomas, Dennis Rodman, Bill Laimbeer, Rick Mahorn, etc.) took advantage of this record night to give their rivals from Boston a little beating (125-108 victory for Detroit), led by Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish. “It was amazing to watch the stands and see so many people” said the late Chuck Daly after the meeting.

Detroit Pistons vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Date: February 14, 1987
Location: Pontiac Silverdome (Pontiac)
Number of viewers: 52,745

Still in Michigan, still in the Pontiac Silverdome, the NBA saw its attendance record (set in February 1986 at a time of 44,180 fans) fall on February 14, 1987 for a game between the Detroit Pistons and Philadelphia 76ers . , with at least 52,745 spectators inside the stadium. Led by Adrian Dantley (35 points), Vinnie Johnson (24 points) or Joe Dumars (20 points), Detroit made short work of Julius Erving’s team that day in a 125-107 win.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets

Date: April 17, 1990
Location: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Minneapolis)
Number of viewers: 49,551

In 1990, the Minnesota Timberwolves played the first season in their history (they were created in 1989 as an expansion team) but did not yet have an assigned hall. While waiting for Target Center to open for the 1990-91 campaign, the Wolves thrived in the Metrodome, the indoor stadium that hosts the Minnesota Vikings (the city’s NFL franchise). On April 17, 1990, for the Wolves’ final game of their inaugural season, 49,551 spectators watched the game against the Denver Nuggets, which ultimately ended in a 99–89 victory for Denver. Note that that year, the Minnesota franchise set a new NBA record for total attendance for an entire season (1,072,572 in 41 home games).

Detroit Pistons vs. Atlanta Hawks

Date: March 30, 1988
Location: Pontiac Silverdome (Pontiac)
Number of viewers: 47,692

On March 30, 1988, nearly 47,700 spectators gathered in Pontiac for a game between the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks. It was the fifth largest attendance in history for an NBA game during these lines, and the third game played at the Silverdome. Unlike the other two, the Pistons fell that day 103-102 against Dominique Wilkins’ team, despite the XXL match of mister Isiah Thomas (35 points).

Uncategorized: NBA All-Star Game 2010

Date: February 14, 2010
Location: Cowboys Stadium (Arlington)
Number of viewers: 108,713

It’s not a regular season or playoff game, so it’s in a class of its own. But the largest all-time crowd for an NBA basketball game was the 2010 All-Star Game, which took place in the brand new stadium of the legendary Dallas Cowboys (NFL franchise) in front of 108,713 spectators. This is also the largest crowd for a basketball game. On that huge star-studded stage, Dwyane Wade was the brightest, with the Heat guard finishing as the All-Star Game MVP (28 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists, 5 steals) after leading the Eastern Conference 141 -139 win.

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