May 24, 2017
Basketball fans in the Queen City have been rejoicing today, as the NBA announced their 2019 All-Star game is headed to Charlotte. The Queen City was originally slated to host the game this year, but the event was relocated after North Carolina’s General Assembly passed the highly controversial HB2 bill. Earlier this year the divisive piece of legislation was repealed, and the repeal has allowed the NBA to award the sought after All-Star game to Charlotte once again.
Hosting an All-Star game is a huge opportunity for the city. NBA All-Star weekend is one of the most prominent events in all of sports, in large part because of the variety of contests and events that take place around it. From the All-Star game itself, to events such as the Dunk Contest and the Celebrity Game, the weekend attracts even the most casual basketball fans and tourists.
Fans from across the globe will have their eyes on Buzz City as the biggest names in the sport all arrive at the Spectrum Center for basketball’s grandest exhibition. It will be an opportunity for the players to showcase their skills, and for the Hornets to showcase their city. Not only will the All-Star game provide a significant economic boost, but if the event is handled efficiently and displays the best of the community, more marquee events could be on their way. The All-Star game will attract an international audience to the city, and organizations will take notice if Charlotte does a superb job in holding the event. In fact, part of the reason NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was keen on the idea of Charlotte hosting the All-Star game is because he was impressed with how it handled hosting the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
For basketball fans in the Queen City, today is a great day. There was so much excitement and anticipation for the 2017 NBA All-Star game, only for it to turn into heartbreak and disappointment after it was taken away. But this time it appears to be here to stay, and if so, Charlotte will be an NBA All-Star host for the first time in over 25 years.
A statement from Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan: