San Antonio, TX, United States (4E Sports) – The City of San Antonio estimated about 100,000 people attended the River Walk parade and 75,000 were at the Alamodome Wednesday to celebrate the Spurs fifth NBA championship.
Spurs fans endured 90-degree heat to line the River Walk and stood outside of the Alamodome up to five hours before the festivities began.
The wave started inside the Alamodome at 6:20 pm as the first two levels filled up.
The excitement level at the Alamodome was so high three hours before the 9:00 pm celebration cheers erupted as the live feed of the parade appeared on the screens.
Just a half-hour later at Arneson River Theatre, the crowd erupted into cheers as each float approaches, chanting: “Go Spurs Go! Go Spurs Go!”
Tim Duncan’s barge was the last of 24 down the river. He was joined by teammate Patty Mills.
At 7:09 pm, fans were already streaming into the top decks.
Around 8 p.m., officials stopped letting people into the Alamodome because it was at capacity, a full hour before the event was scheduled to start.
The Big Three of Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili received standing ovations from the capacity crowd inside the Alamodome.
Aside from the Big Three, the loudest ovation was for Kawhi Leonard, who Coach Greg Popovich has called the future face of the Spurs.