Chicago To Host 2020 NBA All-Star Game

  • Chicago To Host 2020 NBA All-Star Game

Chicago To Host 2020 NBA All-Star Game

The NBA announced on Friday that Chicago has been selected as the host for NBA All-Star 2020. "The city of Chicago is in a different place and able to host the All-Star week".

The Bulls announced Thursday they would make a "major announcement" with the National Basketball Association on Friday at 2 the United Center.

Rumors of the upcoming Chicago All-Star game leaked yesterday afternoon but NBA commissioner Adam Silver made the news official today during a press conference at the United Center, along with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Bulls President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Reinsdorf, Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson, and others.

The 2018 All-Star Game will be held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on February 18.

This will mark the third NBA All-Star in Chicago, which held the annual celebration in 1973 and 1988.

There was a reluctance to bring the game to Chicago in the past, as team owner Jerry Reinsdorf had said that the league would have to "force me to take the All-Star Game" during a 2012 interview with ESPN. "Because the game of basketball has such deep roots and a rich history in this city, with some of the most passionate sports fans in the country, we know it will be a successful event for everyone involved".

The 2020 event will host a week's worth of events in the city of Chicago and bring a long a HUGE party for the entire weekend. "Chicago is a global hub for sports, entertainment and culture".

This will be the first All-Star Game at the United Center, with the last game being played in 1988 at Chicago Stadium where Michael Jordan was the MVP.