Originally written on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 4/15/13

Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl reacts against the New Orleans Hornets during game five of their first round series at the Pepsi Center in Denver on April 29, 2009. Denver defeats New Orleans 107-86 to take the series 4-1. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey) Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom
If you got a chance to see the San Antonio Spurs play at HemisFair Arena, apparently it was quite the treat. I never did. I was eight when the Spurs played their last season there, and my family didn’t go to too many NBA games when I was growing up. But hearing stories of HemisFair makes me wish I could go back in time and see what it was like. Hearing about how the arena was  “The Noisiest in the NBA” and such a big part of San Antonio life makes me wonder how it compares to today’s loudest NBA arenas. Apparently, to hear the “old” guys tell it, HemisFair was a huge part of San Antonio culture. “I don’t know how to phrase it, but San Antonio wasn’t a city then,” said Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, who played with the Spurs in the ‘70s. “It was a town, a big town, and the Arena got to be like a party. It was the thing to do. It was a celebration of San Antonio nightlife at a basketball game.” San Antonio billionaire Red McCombs has some fond memories of the old arena as well. “I’ve been involved in a lot of things that were significant for San Antonio,” said McCombs. “But when people ask me what was the most important, the answer is easy — the Spurs. It put us on another level, and it wouldn’t have happened without HemisFair Arena.” Again, it makes me wish I could have been there. Were any of you lucky to catch a Spurs game at HemisFair? 
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