TBT: Stadium Sets All-Time Attendance Record for 2010 NBA 2010 All-Star Game
On Valentine’s Day 2010 an all-time record crowd of 108,713 attended the NBA All-Star Game at Cowboys Stadium (now AT&T Stadium) in Arlington. The attendance set not only a new Guinness World Record for the sport of basketball, it also broke the record for an indoor event, previously held by WrestleMania III.
Before the 2010 NBA All-Star Game was played at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, the previous attendance record for basketball was 78,129 for a college game between Kentucky and Michigan State at Detroit’s Ford Field, home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions.
The game at Cowboys Stadium was the first NBA All-Star Game played inside a football venue since 1996 (San Antonio’s Alamodome).
The star-studded and memorable halftime show featured Alicia Keys and Shakira.
Because the NBA includes a team in Canada (Toronto Raptors), there were two pregame anthems: Gretchen Wilson performed the U.S. national anthem; Canadian Tenors performed the national anthem of Canada.
The NBA’s Dallas Mavericks served as 2010 All-Star Game host. The earlier All-Star Game in Dallas was played in 1986 at Reunion Arena. The Mavericks were represented by hometown heroes Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd. Nowitzki started the game in place of Kobe Bryant.
The basketball fans attending the game witnessed offensive fireworks. The Eastern Conference edged the Western Conference 141-139 with Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade named the game’s MVP thanks to his 28 points on 75% shooting.
In addition to Nowitzki and Kidd, the Western Conference All-Stars squad included: Steve Nash (Suns), Tim Duncan (Spurs), Kevin Durant (Thunder), Amar’e Stoudemire (Suns), Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Carmelo Anthony (Nuggets), Chris Paul (Hornets), Chauncey Billups (Nuggets), Brandon Roy (Trail Blazers), Deron Williams (Jazz), Zach Randolph (Grizzlies), Pau Gasol (Lakers), and Chris Kaman (Clippers). Bryant, Paul and Roy did not play due to injury. George Karl of the Nuggets served as head coach.
The victorious Eastern Conference All-Stars were led by LeBron James of the Cavaliers who finished first in All-Star balloting with 2,549,693 votes.
LeBron’s teammates on the Eastern Conference team included Dwayne Wade (Heat), Kevin Garnett (Celtics), Dwight Howard (Magic), Rajon Rondo (Celtics), Paul Pierce (Celtics), Derrick Rose (Bulls), Chris Bosh (Raptors), Gerald Wallace (Bobcats), Al Horford (Hawks), and David Lee (Knicks). The head coach was the Magic’s Stan Van Gundy. Allen Iverson (76ers) missed the game for personal reasons and was replaced on the roster by Joe Johnson of the Hawks.