NBA announces Indianapolis will host 2021 NBA All-Star Game

The Pacers announced today that they are hosting the 2021 NBA All-Star game.

The team put out a news release about a “major event announcement” that will include NBA commissioner Adam Silver, owner Herb Simon, Governor Eric Holcomb and Mayor Joe Hogsett. The announcement is not a surprise as officials have publicly said this has been in the works for nearly a year.

The Pacers hosted the 1985 NBA All-Star game that was played at the Hoosier Dome.  The 2021 game will be played at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.

According to host city officials and the NBA, the All-Star Game weekend had an $85 million economic impact in Los Angeles in 2011, $95 million in Orlando in 2012, just more than $100 million in Houston in 2013 and $106 million in Orlando in 2014.

The event’s economic impact soared to more than $150 million in New York in 2015 before returning to Earth at about $110 million in Toronto last year and $100 million in New Orleans this year.

“The financial impact for Indianapolis is over $100 million dollars” mayor Joe Hogsett mentioned during the press conference.

All three events, NBA Rising Stars Game, All-Star Saturday Night and the game itself will all be at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.  There were rumors of using Lucas Oil Stadium or the Convention Center for certain events, but chose the Fieldhouse instead.

NBA All-Star 2021 on-court events at Bankers Life Fieldhouse will include top rookies and second-year players in the Rising Stars on Friday, Feb. 12, followed the next day by the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the JBL Three-Point Contest and the Verizon Slam Dunk during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night. On Sunday, TNT will be televising the All-Star Game in prime time for the 19th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 36th year of All-Star coverage.

Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center will be among the other venues throughout Indianapolis that will host events, including the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and NBA All-Star and Rising Stars practices. Several events will feature interactive programming that brings fans of all ages closer to NBA and WNBA players and legends.

The announcement comes on the heels of the city announcing that they are hosting the 2022 College Football National Championship game.  Indianapolis keeps getting big events to showcase and they knock each one of them out of the park and this one will be no different!


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