According to the Charlotte Observer, the Hornets’ bid to host NBA All-Star Weekend was a successful one: Buzz City will reportedly be the site of the 2017 extravaganza.
EXCUSIVE: Charlotte wins bid to host 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend. Formal announcement tomorrow. Story coming.
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) June 22, 2015
The League is expected to make a formal announcement Tuesday in Charlotte.
Last fall, the city agreed to pay for $33.5 million of what will be $40 million in improvements to the Time Warner Cable Arena:
In comments during a visit to Charlotte last fall, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he thought it was a sure thing Charlotte would be awarded an All-Star Weekend after city officials agreed to various upgrades and renovations at Time Warner Cable Arena. […] “Personally I’m very excited about coming back here. I don’t think there’s any question it’s going to happen,” Silver said in December. “Just a matter of what year.”
The All-Star Weekend is in February. Specific dates for the 2017 event have not been set. […] Charlotte hosted the All-Star Game once before in 1991 at the since-demolished Charlotte Coliseum on Tyvola Road.
All-Star Weekends typically bring thousands of fans in from around country. The league uses All-Star Weekend as its primary event to network with sponsors, which consumes many of the tickets. But Hornets season-ticket holders should have access to some events.