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NBA Moves Its All-Star Game To New Orleans

Features & Advice | Rich Thomaselli | August 20, 2016

NBA Moves Its All-Star Game To New Orleans

PHOTO: The NBA is moving its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte to the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans. (Photo courtesy of New Orleans CVB)

Hope you didn’t have tickets to go to Charlotte in February to watch the 2017 National Basketball Association All-Star Game.

In response to North Carolina enacting its controversial HB2 bill, the league announced in July it was pulling the game out of the city. Now we know where they’re going.

New Orleans.

For the third time since 2002, The Big Easy will play host to the NBA All-Star Game the league announced.

North Carolina came under fire earlier this year when Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2 into law requiring transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificates. The bill also excludes gender identity and sexual orientation from statewide anti-discrimination laws.

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“While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2,” the league said in a statement in July.

On Friday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the move to New Orleans.

“New Orleans is a world-class destination for sports and entertainment and we are very appreciative that the city is once again hosting our All-Star festivities,” Silver said in a statement. “We are grateful to Tom and Gayle Benson and the Pelicans organization and to Governor John Bel Edwards, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation for inviting us back for what promises to be another exciting and memorable celebration of the game.”

“We are grateful that the NBA has selected us to host the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans,” said New Orleans Pelicans Owner Tom Benson. “We have made tremendous upgrades to the Smoothie King Center and know the building will be a first-class venue to host the myriad of events associated with All-Star weekend.”

Typically the league has myriad events in and around the city leading up to the game; the game itself will be played at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on Sunday, Feb. 19.

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