The National Basketball Association (NBA) has awarded the hosting rights for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game to Chicago, Illinois.
The 69th edition of the mid-season exhibition match will be played on 16th February 2020 at the United Center, home of the six-time NBA champions the Chicago Bulls.
As part of the agreement, the arena will also stage the Rising Stars Challenge – an annual showcase for the pre-eminent league’s rookies and second-year players – on 14th February 2020, as well as the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, which features a range of skill challenges for the featured All-Star players.
2020 will mark the third time that the All-Star Game has been held in Chicago, which previously hosted the event in 1973 and 1988. The showpiece fixture takes place every February, and pits the best players from the NBA’s Eastern Conference against their counterparts from the Western Conference. The event will head to Los Angeles, California in 2018, before Charlotte in North Carolina stages the game in 2019.
“Chicago is an iconic city with a storied basketball history. We are thrilled to bring the NBA All-Star Game back,” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver. “We thank Mayor Emanuel, Jerry and Michael Reinsdorf and the entire Bulls organisation and look forward to an exciting week of activities celebrating the game of basketball.”
“We are honoured that the NBA has selected Chicago to host All-Star 2020,” added Michael Reinsdorf, president and chief operating officer of the Chicago Bulls. “Because the game of basketball has such deep roots and a rich history in this city, with some of the most passionate sports fans in the country, we know it will be a successful event for everyone involved.”