Indy Adds NBA All-Star Game To "Superfan's Wish List" Of Sporting Events
INDIANAPOLIS -- It's official! The 2021 NBA All-Star Week will be spent in Indianapolis.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was in the Capitol City Wednesday afternoon to confirm the 70th NBA All-Star Game will be played at Banker's Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.
"Part of the brand of this state is the sport of basketball," Silver said. "There will be activities throughout the week. This is a game and a week of activities that will be televised to millions of people throughout the world."
The All-Star Game will come in February of the 2020-2021 NBA season. It inserts itself into what Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett calls a "superfan's wish list." He refers to the following list of sporting events that are slated to take place in the Circle City:
- The return of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament in 2020
- The Big Ten Football Championship through 2021
- The NBA All-Star Game in 2021
- The Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament in 2021
- The NCAA Men's Final Four in 2021
- The College Football Playoff National Championship in 2022
"That is indeed an All-Star line-up," Hogsett contiuned. "One that won't only entertain fans around the world, but will also significantly uplift the city of Indianapolis. The All-Star Game will bring with it an economic impact of more than $100 million for our community."
The NBA All-Star Week consists of a Slam Dunk Contest, Three-Point Shooting Contest, fan friendly activities and of course the NBA All-Star Game itself. It's the first time since 1985 that Indianapolis will host the NBA's annual All-Star break. 35-years ago, the game was held inside the Hoosier Dome.
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