NBA All-Star Game officially returns to Charlotte in 2019

Come February 2019, the NBA biggest stars will shine in “The Queen City”, as earlier today, the National Basketball Association and the Charlotte Hornets announced that the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend will be held in Charlotte from February 15th-17th with the All-Star Game slated to take place on February 17, 2019 at the Spectrum Center.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says that having the All-Star Game in Charlotte in 2019 is a great way to honor the league’s long relationship with Charlotte and its hometown Hornets, and to honor the values of equality and inclusion. “For three decades, the NBA has had a home in Charlotte. Generations of families have attended games there and fans from many different walks of life have come together to share a passion for a team that is an anchor in the community.” The city was slated to host this year’s NBA All-Star game, but it was relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana due to North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which has since been repealed, and Silver would go on to say that the league and the Hornets are looking forward to apply a set of equality principles to ensure that each event during All-Star Weekend 2019 will proceed with open access and anti-discrimination policies. “While we understand the concerns of those who say HB2 did not go far enough, we believe that the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the law.”

“We are thrilled the league has awarded NBA All-Star 2019 to the city of Charlotte. All-Star weekend is an international event that will provide a tremendous economic impact to our community while showcasing our city, our franchise, and our passionate Hornets fanbase to people around the world.” said Charlotte Hornets chairman Michael Jordan. “We want to thank commissioner Silver for his leadership through this process and for the decision bring NBA All-Star back to Buzz City.”

Charlotte last hosted NBA All-Star weekend back in 1991 at the since-demolished Charlotte Coliseum off of Tyvola Road,