BASKETBALL RECORD ATTENDANCE FOR NBA ALL-STAR GAME

A crowd of 108,713 filled Cowboys Stadium in Dallas to watch the 2010 NBA All-Star basketball game.

It is the biggest basketball match crowd on record and is more than double the previous attendance.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said: "It's meant to be a party. 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."

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones met Cuban on court at the end of the third quarter to declare the record attendance. The record was approved by Guiness Book of World Records with some of the crowd already wearing T-shirts celebrating the mark.

A jubilant Cuban added: "Everybody's had a great time. ... You can just see people's eyes just bugging out of their head. It's crazy and I haven't heard a negative comment yet."

The last time an NBA All-Star game was played in the area was in 1986 with an attendance of 16,573 at Reunion Arena in downtown Dallas. That facility was demolished last year.

Cowboys Stadium is home to NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and cost $1.2billion to build. The impressive stadium opened in May 2009 and has already hosted a number of different sporting events and concerts.

It also has the world’s largest in-stadium HDTV screen that is just under 55 meters long and 22 meters tall, costing $43million.

There are more than 3,000 Sony LCD displays throughout the luxury suites, concourses and concession areas.

Cowboys stadium is set to host the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey in March 2010 and also Super Bowl XLV in 2011.

Posted on 15/02/2010