The San Antonio Spurs will take on the Phoenix Suns in Mexico City’s Arena Ciudad de Mexico on Saturday, marking the 30th time that two NBA teams have faced off in Mexico since the league began playing in the country in 1992.
As San Antonio’s top international market, Mexico annually brings 2.1 million overnight visitors to the Alamo City. At 858 miles by car or two hours by plane, San Antonio is the closest NBA market to Mexico City.
The game against Phoenix will mark the sixth time the Spurs have played against an NBA team in Mexico, and the second time the Silver and Black have played a regular season game outside of the US or Canada (vs. Phoenix in in Mexico City in 2017). The Spurs have made 12 appearances outside of NBA countries in total, including six exhibitions against non-NBA opponents.
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