New York Could Host NBA All-Star Weekend Twice in Three Years

by August 23, 2013

Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center are reportedly set to host the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend festivities. According to the NY Post, Gotham could have the event again in either 2017 or 2018: “Multiple league sources maintain that the 2015 All-Star Game will be played at Madison Square Garden on Sunday of All-Star weekend with the Friday and Saturday night events – the skills, shooting and dunk competitions – set for Barclays Center. The league and both the Nets and Knicks still are negotiating on a proposal to have a reversal in either 2017 or 2018 — Brooklyn would stage the game while the Knicks and the Garden would serve as host for the Friday and Saturday events. The Nets, sources said, are not completely sold on the host role down the road for a myriad of reasons. ‘It’s a possibility,’ one league source confirmed of the 2017 or ’18 event plan but cautioned that ‘nothing has been finalized. They (Nets) aren’t certain (they want it).’ There are so many other factors to consider another source stressed, noting that by 2017-18 both the Garden and Barclays Center would be the home for hockey teams as well. On a plus side, keeping the event in the city would be financially attractive for the NBA, which routinely rolls into the All-Star host city and spends a king’s ransom on hotels and communications for league staff. Both the Knicks and the Nets have lobbied for the 2015 All-Star Game which would be billed as a New York City event, sharing arenas in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The last All-Star Game in York was 1998 at the Garden.”