Chicago to host 2020 NBA All-Star Game

Chicago to host 2020 NBA All-Star Game

The economic impact past year of the All-Star Game in New Orleans was upwards of $45 million, a number likely to be greater in Chicago given its deep basketball history.

Chicago last hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 1988.

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The NBA announced on Friday Chicago's United Center will host the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. Bulls star Michael Jordan was named the MVP of the game after scoring 40 points. Jordan also won the second of his back-to-back dunk contest championships with his iconic slam from the free-throw line. But Cleveland will have to wait until at least 2021 for its next NBA All-Star Game. "It was a great event then and it will truly be in 2020 the epicenter of basketball around the world", said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

The 2020 event will host a week's worth of events in the city of Chicago and bring a long a HUGE party for the entire weekend. "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".

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The 2018 game will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, while the 2019 contest will be held in Charlotte after the 2017 game was moved to New Orleans because of North Carolina's controversial "bathroom bill".

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