CHARLOTTE, June 23, 2015 — The NBA announced today that Charlotte has been selected to host NBA All-Star 2017. The 66th annual game will take place at Time Warner Cable Arena, home of the Hornets, on Sunday, February 19. The 2017 game will mark the second NBA All-Star celebration in Charlotte, which hosted the event in 1991.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement this morning during a press conference at Time Warner Cable Arena, where he was joined by Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, Mecklenburg County Commission Chairman Trevor Fuller, Hornets President & COO Fred Whitfield, and Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan, who was the leading scorer of the 1991 NBA All-Star Game at the Charlotte Coliseum.
“As a thriving city with a proud basketball tradition and a deep passion for the game, the city of Charlotte is a terrific All-Star destination,” said Silver. “We thank Michael Jordan, the Hornets organization and the Charlotte community for their support and congratulate them on bringing our All-Star festivities back to North Carolina.”
“It is an honor to bring NBA All-Star back to Charlotte,” Jordan said. “I remember the excitement of playing in the 1991 All-Star Game, the first one held in my home state, and I take pride in being able to host NBA All-Star 2017 as the owner of the Hornets. This is a great moment for our fans, our city, and our franchise. We are excited to welcome the world to Charlotte and Time Warner Cable Arena in 2017.”
The on-court festivities in Time Warner Cable Arena will tip off Friday, February 17, with the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, where the league’s best rookies and sophomores compete in a U.S. versus World five-on-five format. On Saturday, February 18, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature thrilling basketball competitions starring current NBA and WNBA players as well as NBA legends. The slate of events includes Degree Shooting Stars, which showcases NBA and WNBA players, as well as legends; the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, where top guards compete head-to-head in a series of passing, shooting, and agility drills; Foot Locker Three-Point Contest; and the Slam Dunk Contest. The weekend concludes on Sunday with the Sprint Pregame Concert followed by the NBA All-Star Game.
In partnership with the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA), the NBA will host several events for fans of all ages at the Charlotte Convention Center and Bojangles’ Coliseum. These events, including the NBA All-Star Practice, Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire and the NBA Development League Dream Factory presented by Boost Mobile, will feature exciting non-stop basketball action, and will give fans unique, up-close access to NBA and WNBA players and legends, along with family-friendly entertainment throughout the weekend.
NBA All-Star Game 2017 will be televised in prime time on TNT for the 15th consecutive year and mark the 32nd year that Turner Sports has provided NBA All-Star coverage. The game will be broadcast worldwide in more than 200 countries and territories and in more than 40 languages.