The last time Chicago hosted an NBA All-Star Game, in 1988, a young Michael Jordan wowed the crowd by dunking from the free throw line in the slam-dunk competition. The economic impact previous 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.
According to ESPN's Nick Friedell and other media outlets, the NBA will announce that the 2020 NBA All-Star Game will be held at the United Center. The league will officially announce the news on Friday, with National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel expected to attend. The next night, Jordan scored 40 points and earned MVP honors as the East beat the West 138-133.
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The big difference between then and now, Silver said, is the game has become part of a series of week-long events. I think I was sitting pretty high up in the arena at that time ... "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". The game will take place on Sunday, February 16 and will mark the third time Chicago has hosted the event.
This season's All-Star Game will be hosted by Los Angeles at the Staples Center.