Jim Ayello of the Indianapolis Star reported earlier today that the city of Indianapolis is still in contention to host the 2021 NBA All-Star Weekend. The last time they hosted this event was back in 1985 at the Hoosier Dome.
“Indianapolis continues to be in the running for an all-star game. And (2021) is a possibility.”
I couldn’t help but think back to when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was talking to the media before the Indiana Pacers played against the Denver Nuggets in the 2017 NBA Global Games.
Silver told the media that it is ‘highly likely’ that Indianapolis will host an All-Star Game soon.
“We are having conversations with the president team Rick Fuson and Jim Morris, along with Herb and Steve Simon. I know they are very interested. We’re still talking about some of the logistics in terms of exactly what year, and even maybe the possibility of playing in a larger arena.
“So, all those things need to be worked through, but I think it’s highly likely that we will return to Indianapolis for an All-Star Game in the near future.”
It’s important to remember that the then Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird submitted the organization’s bid to host the 2021 NBA All-Star Game at the NBA Headquarters in New York City. Bird drove in a Pacers-themed IndyCar to present their bid.
As Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press wrote back in April, the Pacers have an idea to make the experience unique by creating a ‘celebration of basketball’ that would feature not only the NBA All-Star Weekend, but also high school basketball, the Final Four, and the women’s Big Ten Tournament.
“Indiana hasn’t hosted the NBA All-Star Game since 1985 but has plenty of experience staging big events, including the Super Bowl and seven NCAA men’s Final Fours, along with the annual Indianapolis 500. The Pacers want to combine the NBA event with high school tournaments, the Final Four and the women’s Big Ten Tournament for what they said would be a “celebration of basketball” in hoops-crazy Indiana that would last from mid-February through early April.”
The city of Indianapolis is no stranger to hosting events as they have an excellent reputation as a host city for major events and conventions. Whether it has been a Super Bowl, the 500 Festival, or a major convention, the city knows how to do it the right way.