NBA All-Star Festivities Coming to Chi-Town in 2020
It was a festive end to the week for those from Chicago as the NBA announced today that the city will host NBA All-Star Weekend 2020 at the United Center – the 69th annual All-Star weekend.
This will mark the third time the Bulls will host the game and the first time since 1988. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement during a press conference today in Chicago and was joined by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Bulls President and COO Michael Reinsdorf, along with other Bulls’ front office higher-ups.
“Chicago is an iconic city with a storied basketball history. We are thrilled to bring the NBA All-Star Game back,” said Silver. “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.”
While starless at the present moment, this will give the Bulls enough time to potentially find a player worthy of representing the city at All-Star Weekend.
“We are honored that the NBA has selected Chicago to host All-Star 2020,” said Reinsdorf. “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 Chicago Mayor also chimed in on the importance and excitement surrounded by the basketball spectacle returning to The Windy City.
“Chicago is looking forward to hosting NBA All-Star 2020 and welcoming players and fans from across the country and around the world to our great city,” said Emanuel. “Chicago is a global hub for sports, entertainment and culture. 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.”
The countdown to Chicago 2020 begins!