Windy City Will Host NBA All-Star Game in 2020
16 Jan, 2018
Did you hear, basketball fans? The 2020 NBA All-Star Game is coming to Chicago!
It has been officially announced: Chicago will host the 69th annual NBA All-Star Game. The announcement came from center court at the United Center, where NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Mayor Rahm Emanuel were joined by the Chicago Bulls’ Michael Reinsdorf and John Paxson, 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. and CSC’s Kara Bachman. This is the third time NBA All-Star will be held in Chicago and the first time at the United Center - the last NBA All-Star Game was held in 1988 at the Chicago Stadium.
Chicago will welcome basketball fans from around the world with a week’s worth of NBA All-Star events throughout the city. In addition to the All-Star Game, the United Center will also host All-Star Saturday Night - encompassing the Skills Challenge, Three-Point and Slam Dunk contests - and the Rising Stars Challenge. Navy Pier will host a variety of events for local and visiting fans, while the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and All-Star practices will be held at Wintrust Arena.
“Chicago’s venue portfolio is a key component to bringing events to our city, and we are fortunate to have world-class venues that continue to be a primary selling point with our clients,” said Bachman on Friday. “Chicago’s NBA All-Star in 2020 will set the stage for an incredible fan and visitor experience.”
Major events like NBA All-Star and next year’s Laver Cup draw thousands of fans from around the world to Chicago, helping to drive record numbers of visitors to our city. The day after Chicago was named host city for 2020 NBA All-Star, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Chicago is on track to reach the goal of 55 million visitors annually by the end of this year - three years early! If the current trends continue, all of Chicago will be able to celebrate this important milestone by the end of next month.
Congrats to Chicago's partners at Wintrust Arena and DePaul University for a packed season opener! We're excited to watch both the men's and women's teams compete in their new home. Lastly, don’t miss the final 2017 Business of Sport Speaker Series on December 12th at the Ivy Room.