Los Angeles nets hosting rights to 2018 NBA All-Star weekend

North America’s NBA basketball league has revealed that the 2018 edition of its All-Star weekend will take place in Los Angeles, California.

The city will host the exhibition event for a record sixth time, with the 2018 All-Star weekend scheduled to run from February 16-18 at the Staples Center, the home of the LA Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers franchises. The venue itself has hosted three editions of the All-Star game, the most recent being in 2011.

The 2018 NBA All-Star event begins on February 16 with ‘Rising Stars Challenge’, which will feature the league’s top rookies and second-year players. The following day will see the current NBA players show off their skills in a range of challenges during the All-Star Saturday Night. The weekend concludes on February 18 with the showpiece NBA All-Star Game.

The NBA will also work with the Staples Center and local authorities in the city to run a series of NBA Cares events surrounding the event. The league will form partnerships with schools, government and non-profit organisations to reach children and families through community-based programs and events at various venues across the city.

“Los Angeles is known for first-class hospitality and entertainment, making it the perfect host for NBA All-Star,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a press conference. “The city is home to some of the most passionate basketball fans in addition to extraordinary facilities, including Staples Center and L.A. Live.”

Kathy Schloessman, president of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission, added: “It is exciting and humbling for us to be hosting NBA All-Star again for the third time in 14 years. Events like the NBA All-Star fill our hotels, employ Angelenos and bring direct spending to our restaurants, shops, attractions, and an economic windfall to our city.

“Having the unique assets and venues of L.A. Live continues to play an important role in bringing these great high-profile events to our city.”

The 2016 All-Star weekend was staged in Toronto last month, marking the first time it was held outside the US. The 2017 event will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina before heading to Los Angeles.