Monday, June 22, 2015
The city of Charlotte has won a bid to host the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend.
A formal announcement is expected at 11am Tuesday, with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan in attendance at a news conference, according to sources.
The city agreed to spend almost $30 million to upgrade their arena when the Hornets submitted the bid to host the game last summer. The NBA saw those improvements as key to any All-Star bid. Construction costs and these upgrades are paid for out of the hotel-motel occupancy tax.
Charlotte last hosted the All-Star Game in 1991 at the Charlotte Coliseum.
Specific dates for the 2017 event have not yet been set, with the annual game usually being held around the middle of February.
Along with the All-Star Game on Sunday night, All-Star Weekend includes various skills competitions (a dunk contest and a 3-point shooting contest) plus a game between select first and second year NBA pros and an NBA Development League All-Star Game. There also is a fan festival, which the Charlotte Convention Center likely will host.
Please Like CH’s New Facebook Page! New Giveaways Coming Soon! www.facebook.com/charlottehappeningcom
Follow CH on Twitter! www.twitter.com/charlottehappen