When did the Mavs, Stars and Rangers play on the same night?

On November 1, 2023, it was DFW Sports against the world. Now, six months later, another opportunity presents itself for North Texas sports fans to enjoy a glorious evening.

DALLAS – Wednesday night is a big time for DFW sports fans.

The Mavericks and Stars both played a crucial Game 5 in their respective first-round series. Meanwhile, the World Series champion Texas Rangers host the Washington Nationals for the second game of their three-game homestand. The three games overlap, which caused a busy broadcast schedule for Bally Sports, prompting the network to move the Mavericks game to TXA 21 (KTXA).

We’ve published a DFW sports fan’s guide to watching all three games here. Even with as many professional sports teams as North Texas has, it’s pretty rare for three of them to play on the same night within a few hours of each other.

The Stars and Mavs share the American Airlines Center, so while there are occasions where they play the same day and turn out the arena in a matter of hours, these two typically playing on nights opposite each other. Here’s an example of what this looks like:

It’s not necessarily very rare for all these teams to play at the same time. This has already happened three times this year:

  • March 26
    • The Stars beat the Sabres, 3-2
    • Mavs beat Hornets, 130-104
    • The Rangers lost to the A’s, 3-4
  • April 7
    • Stars beat Avalanche, 7-4
    • The Mavs beat the Rockets, 147-136 (OT)
    • The Rangers lost to the Astros, 1-3
  • April 9
    • Stars beat Sharks, 6-3
    • Mavs beat Kings, 132-96
    • The Rangers lost to the Red Sox, 4-1

But, for the purposes of this article, let’s look back to the last time this happened in 2023: November 1, 2023.

What a historic evening it was.

The Texas Rangers defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 5 to win the first World Series in history

Cementing a dominant postseason run, that night the Texas Rangers clinched their first World Series title after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-0.

Eric Nadel, the longtime radio voice of the Texas Rangers, delivered this special moment.

“Two balls, two strikes,” Nadel said as Sborz delivered. “Sborz kicks and shoots. He hit him while he watched! It’s over! It’s over! The Rangers won the World Series!”

“Rangers fans, you are not dreaming!” Nadel continued.

The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Chicago Bulls at home, 114-105.

With a roster without Daniel Gafford and PJ Washington (before the trade deadline), the Mavericks were led by forward Grant Williams with 25 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. with 24 points. Luka Doncic dropped 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out 10 assists in the win.

This game ended as Game 5 of the World Series was winding down, and former Mavericks governor Mark Cuban put the World Series on the AAC jumbotron so fans in attendance could watch the final outs and witness history.

The Dallas Stars start the NHL season well and beat the Calgary Flames, 4-3

The NHL season was fresh and the Dallas Stars picked up their sixth win of the season. The win brought the Stars to a 6-1-1 record at the time, en route to the team’s No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

Ten different Dallas Stars had a goal or assist in the game.

A strong second period, in which the Stars scored three goals, propelled them to victory.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article stated that November 1 was the last time these three teams played on the same date. Further research shows that this has also happened several times since. We regret the error.

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