In case you missed the news earlier today, NBA commissioner Adam Silver addressed the media and shared the news many of us wanted to hear: The NBA All Star Game will be back in Charlotte. When the topic of the possibility of the queen city being a future host to pro sports most popular all star game, Silver said:
“Personally I’m very excited about coming back here. I don’t think there’s any question it’s going to happen,” Silver said during a visit to Charlotte Wednesday. “Just a matter of what year.”
The 2015 NBA All Star Game will be played in New York, while 2016 will be hosted by Drake in Toronto. The next two years open for Charlotte would be either 2017 or 2018. Earlier this year, the City of Charlotte gave the green light to spend over $33 million dollars to renovate the Time Warner Arena, the home of the Hornets. Once those renovations are complete, the All-Star Game will be awarded.
The arena is the league’s third newest arena, only behind the home court of the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn is heavily favored along with the Cleveland Cavaliers to get an All-Star Game with the Hornets.
There is not set timetable on when the renovations would be complete on the Time Warner Arena, however there is extra motivation to ensure it is done before 2017. The NBA All Star Game is traditionally the second weekend of February, which should it happen in 2017 or 2018 would be two weeks before the CIAA Tournament comes to town.
Besides the events, celebrities, and parties that come to town, the local economic impact of an NBA All Star Game can’t be denied. The city of New Orleans saw over $106 million dollars in revenue that was generated from hosting the 2014 game, and Charlotte could exceed that.
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