The NBA basketball league has announced that Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena will host its All-Star Game in 2022.
It will mark the first time that the arena, which is currently undergoing extensive redevelopment work, has staged the event since 1997. The Cavaliers also hosted the All-Star Game in 1981.
The 2022 All-Star Game will coincide with the NBA’s 75th anniversary and has been scheduled to take place on February 20, with festivities beginning on February 18.
Cavaliers chairman Dan Gilbert said the ongoing renovation work at Quicken Loans Arena proved crucial in the selection process. Work on the arena is scheduled to be completed next summer.
“We have been working with the NBA, the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to deliver this iconic event to Northeast Ohio for the last couple of years,” Gilbert said.
“The transformation and new state-of-the-art Quicken Loans Arena was an important factor in the NBA’s decision to choose Cleveland for this exciting classic broadcast across the globe. The world will get to see the modern Cleveland and all of its diversity, innovation and promise for the future.”
The NBA will also continue to celebrate its commitment to social responsibility with a full schedule of NBA Cares events during the 2022 All-Star. It will work with local schools, government and non-profit organisations on a range of community-based initiatives.
The 2018 All-Star was held at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Before Quicken Loans Arena hosts in 2022, the event will be held at Spectrum Center (Charlotte), United Center (Chicago) and Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis).