Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Chicago announced as host of 2020 NBA All Star Game

Chicago announced as host of 2020 NBA All Star Game

The NBA announced on Friday Chicago's United Center will host the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. The announcement was made by NBA Commission Adam Silver at the United Center, the home of the Chicago Bulls. The 69th annual game will take place at the United Center, home of the six-time National Basketball Association champion Chicago Bulls, on Sunday, February 16th. It will be the first time All-Star festivities are held in the city since 1988, when Michael Jordan dazzled the hometown crowd.

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The Bulls announced Thursday they would make a "major announcement" with the National Basketball Association on Friday at 2 p.m.at the United Center. 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. Bulls star Michael Jordan was named the MVP of the game after scoring 40 points. Chicago also hosted the All-Star game in 1973; the East won that game as well, 104-84. "I'm looking forward to better seats".

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This season's All-Star Game will be held in Los Angeles, and it will go to Charlotte in 2019. Captains will now draft players out of a pool of players voted in as starters and reserves, with the lead vote-getter from each conference getting the captain job.

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