2019 NBA ALL STAR WEEKEND – CHARLOTTE
- On May 24, 2017, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement in New York City: the league had selected previously Charlotte to host the 2017 All-Star Game, but later moved it to New Orleans because of House Bill 2, a state law that limited anti-discrimination protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.
- The 68th NBA All-Star Game will be back at North Carolina for the second time, 28 years after 1991 NBA All-Star Weekend.
- Sixers player Charles Barkley (17 points and 22 rebounds) was the MVP in a 116-114 win for the East. Dee Brown won the Slam Dunk Contest with his famous Reebok Pump No Look dunk and Craig Hodges won his second consecutive 3 Point Shootout Contest.
- The 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at the Spectrum Center is scheduled for Friday, February 15 – Sunday, February 17.
2019 NBA All-Star Schedule of Events
Friday, Feb. 15
· NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.
· NBA All-Star Rookie Challenge, at Spectrum Center.
Saturday, Feb. 16
· NBA All-Star Saturday Night, at Spectrum Center.
Sunday, Feb. 17
· NBA All-Star Game, at Spectrum Center.
2019 NBA All-Star Comments
Adam Silver – NBA Commissioner:
“For three decades, the NBA has had a home in Charlotte. Generations of families have attended games there, and fans from many different walks of life have come together to share a passion for a team that is an anchor in the community. We have decided to award NBA All-Star 2019 to Charlotte based on this deep connection and the belief that we can honor our shared values of equality and inclusion, and we are excited to bring the All-Star Game back to Charlotte for the first time in 28 years.
Additionally, it allows us to work with the leadership of the Hornets organization to apply a set of equality principles to ensure that every All-Star event will proceed with open access and anti-discrimination policies.”
Michael Jordan – Charlotte Hornets Owner:
“All-Star weekend is an international event that will provide a tremendous economic impact to our community while showcasing our city, our franchise and our passionate Hornets fan base to people around the world,”
Fred Whitfield – Charlotte Hornets President:
“Selfishly, I was fighting for Charlotte, our arena, our business and our team. There were others (in Raleigh) doing the same thing. We saw a huge hit to our business community that was thriving and growing. It came to a screeching halt because of HB2.”
Charlotte authorities estimates that the All-Star Game could have a total economic impact of $100 million on the Charlotte region.
All 15 of the 2017 All-Star Game’s original sponsors signed on for 2019 as well, said Pete Guelli, the Hornets’ chief marketing and sales officer.
Every business associated with the 2019 All-Star Game, such as the uptown hotels providing the nearly 6,000 rooms (1,000 recently opened) for the game, has had to sign onto a four-pillar set of non-discrimination principles outlined by the league.
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