SAN ANTONIO - The NBA today announced that the San Antonio Spurs will face the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Mexico City Arena on Dec. 4 as part of the NBA Global Games schedule for the 2013-14 season. The matchup in Mexico City will be the first time the Silver and Black will play a regular season game outside of the U.S and Canada.
“Given the deep-rooted Mexican heritage of San Antonio and our proximity to the Mexican border, Mexico City is an ideal location for us to play our first regular season game outside of the United States and Canada,” said Rick Pych, Spurs Sports & Entertainment President of Business Operations. “The NBA is a global game and this is a terrific opportunity to reach a new group of fans and have them experience Spurs basketball.”
NBA Global Games Mexico City 2013 will mark the NBA’s second regular-season game in Mexico City following a contest between the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks in 1997. It also will be the league’s 21st game in Mexico overall, the most NBA matchups held in any country outside the U.S. and Canada. The game will mark the second time the Mexico City Arena has hosted an NBA game following a preseason game featuring the Orlando Magic and New Orleans Hornets in October 2012. It will be the Timberwolves first game in Mexico and the fifth overall game in Mexico City for the Spurs, who previously played preseason games in 1994 (two games), 1995 and 2010.
1994 NBA CHALLENGE at the Sports Palace in Mexico City, Mexico
10/28/94 San Antonio Spurs 121 - Houston Rockets 112
10/29/94 Seattle SuperSonics 124 - San Antonio Spurs 95
1995 NBA CHALLENGE at the Sports Palace in Mexico City, Mexico
10/28/95 San Antonio Spurs 125 - Washington Bullets 107
2010 NBA MEXICO CHALLENGE at the Sports Palace in Mexico City, Mexico
10/12/10 San Antonio Spurs 100 – Los Angeles Clippers 99