16 Feb 2010

Record crowd watches NBA all-star game

9:41 am on 16 February 2010

A record crowd of almost 109 thousand turned out for the NBA All-Star basketball game at Cowboys Stadium in Texas, where Dwyane Wade led the Eastern Conference to a 141-139 victory over the West.

Miami's Wade had 28 points and won Most Valuable Player honours, and Dallas Native Chris Bosh made the winning free throws with five seconds to play.

In addition to being a record for a basketball game, it was the largest in the short history of the Cowboys' billion-dollar home, which opened prior to the 2009-2010 NFL season.

The attendance figure easily broke the previous record for the largest crowd to watch a basketball game of 78,129, set for a university contest between the University of Kentucky and Michigan State University at Detroit's Ford Field in 2003.

The record was certified by Guinness Book of World Records, and there were already T-shirts marking the feat.

The crowd was larger than any of the NFL games played in the stadium last season.