Charlotte has won a bid to host the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend, the Observer has learned.
A formal announcement is expected on Tuesday, with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in attendance at a news conference. Charlotte officials and the Hornets’ organization formally made a bid for the event last summer.
In comments during a visit to Charlotte last fall, Silver said he thought it was a sure thing Charlotte would be awarded an All-Star Weekend after city officials agreed to various upgrades and renovations at Time Warner Cable Arena.
“Personally I’m very excited about coming back here. I don’t think there’s any question it’s going to happen,” Silver said in December. “Just a matter of what year.”
The city agreed last fall to pay for $33.5 million of what will be $40 million in improvements to the arena. The NBA saw those improvements as key to any All-Star bid.
The All-Star Weekend is in February. Specific dates for the 2017 event have not been set.
Charlotte hosted the All-Star Game once before in 1991 at the since-demolished Charlotte Coliseum on Tyvola Road.
Along with the All-Star Game on Sunday night, All-Star Weekend includes various skills competitions (a slam-dunk contest and a 3-point shooting contest specifically) plus a game between select first- and second-year NBA pros and a Development League All-Star Game. There is also a fan fest, which the Charlotte Convention Center will likely host.
All-Star Weekends typically bring thousands of fans in from around country. The league uses All-Star Weekend as it’s primary event to network with sponsors, which consumes many of the tickets. But Hornets season-ticket holder should have access to some events.