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NBA record crowd packs Pontiac Silverdome
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Jan. 29, 1988

An NBA record crowd of 61,983 fills the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., breaking the record of 52,745 set on Feb. 14, 1987, also at the Silverdome. Boosting the attendance is that more than 20,000 fans show up after receiving freebies from upwards of a half-dozen corporations which had bought the $4, third-level seats. Tuffy Mufflers, the biggest donator of tickets, uses Detroit Pistons forward Rick Mahorn as a spokesman.

"You get the tickets," Mahorn had promised. "We'll get the Celtics."

He's both a good salesman and an accurate prophet, as the Pistons romp to a 125-108 victory.

"It was mind-boggling to look up in the stands and see that many people," Pistons coach Chuck Daly says.

The attendance record will last more than 10 years, until 62,046 show up in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to see Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls on March 27, 1998.

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