2020 NBA ALL STAR WEEKEND – CHICAGO
- On November 10, 2017, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement during a press conference at the United Center: Chicago faced a lot of competition, but the city plans including a new 10,000 seats facility (Wintrust Arena) and renovations in and around the arena made it over the top.
- Other cities like Detroit, Milwaukee, Houston, Sacramento and Orlando were mentioned as potential applicants.
- The 69th NBA All-Star Game will be back at Illinois for the third time, 32 years after the 1988 NBA All-Star Weekend. Michael Jordan (40 points) was the MVP in a 138-133 win for the East and won as well one of the best Slam Dunk Contest ever against Dominique Wilkins. Larry Bird won his third consecutive 3 Point Shootout Contest.
- The 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend at the United Center is scheduled for Friday, February 14 – Sunday, February 16.
2020 NBA All-Star Schedule of Events
Friday, Feb. 14
· NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, at Wintrust Arena.
· NBA All-Star Rookie Challenge, at United Center.
Saturday, Feb. 15
· NBA All-Star Saturday Night, at United Center.
Sunday, Feb. 16
· NBA All-Star Game, at United Center.
2020 NBA All-Star Comments
Adam Silver – NBA Commissioner:
“It will be the epicenter of basketball around the world. Chicago is an iconic city with a storied basketball history. We are thrilled to bring the NBA All-Star Game back. We thank Mayor Emanuel, Jerry and Michael Reinsdorf and the entire Bulls organization and look forward to an exciting week of activities celebrating the game of basketball.”
Rahm Emanuel – Chicago Mayor:
“Bringing the NBA All-Star Game back to the city for the first time in over three decades is a win for our city, our businesses, and fans of all ages who will have the chance to be part of one of basketball’s biggest events. This was a stadium. Now, it’s a campus. The city of Chicago is in a different place and able to host the All-Star week. The city, not just the stadium, will host this event”
Jerry Reinsdorf – Chicago Bulls President:
“We are honored that the NBA has selected Chicago to host All-Star 2020. 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. Our expanded United Center campus and arena renovations with new restaurants and retail will provide visitors the opportunity to enjoy a fan-friendly environment.”
The new Wintrust Arena, home of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky starting next season, will host the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and Rising Stars and All-Star Game practices. In partnership with the Chicago Sports Commission, the NBA will also hold several events for fans of all ages at venues throughout the city, including Navy Pier.
During NBA All-Star 2020, the NBA will continue to celebrate its tradition and commitment to social responsibility with a full schedule of NBA Cares events. Through partnerships with schools, government and local nonprofit organizations in Chicago and surrounding areas, the league will reach thousands of children and families and provide important resources to community-based programs.