NBA All Star Game Attendance Likely to Be....

Texas guard Dogus Balbay, of Turkey, is shown on the large video board over the basketball platform as Balbay attempts a free throw in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Somewhere in the 80-90 thousand range. Jerry Jones is aiming even higher and looking to round this game off at:

“One-double-oh,” Jones said in his deliberate way of expressing 100,000.

“If you can say one-zero-zero,” he methodically continued as his unblinking blue eyes virtually popped out of the sockets, “it slides out better than nine-zero.”

                                     As quoted from Jeff Caplan’s: Jones pursues ‘the magical number’

Ski Austin, who is the Executive VP of NBA events, said every one of the 60-70 thousand tickets that have been released have been sold. Certain restrictions like fire hazards prevent some tickets from being sold in excess, while other setups will take up space such as the international media row and a studio set.

This year in an attempt to hold a record setting crowd, UNC faced Texas in this same stadium and only managed 38,052. The current record for attendance at a basketball game was set in 2003 when Kentucky and Michigan State squared off at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. That game held 78,129 in attendence. Austin is confident this mark will be defeated for this years All Star game:

“I think people are excited about what the opportunity is here,” Austin said. “The truth is we don’t really know, at the end of the day, if there can be that many people. Science and physics tell me that it’s more prudent to just say in the 80s.

“Either way it’s a record crowd and a great experience.”

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