Salt Lake City, Utah, has been awarded the 2023 National Basketball Association All-Star Game, 30 years after the Utah Jazz last hosted the event.
The three-day festivities will take place at Vivint Smart Home Arena, the home of the Jazz, on February 17-19, 2023.
“The return of the NBA All-Star Game to Salt Lake City is a tremendous honor and an opportunity for us to welcome back the NBA family for one of basketball’s biggest events,” said Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller. “The memory of John Stockton and Karl Malone sharing MVP honors 30 years ago remains strong. We are excited to create new memories for this generation of NBA fans in a place that loves to celebrate basketball.”
The awarding of the bid follows a $125m renovation of Vivint Smart Home Arena in the summer of 2017, primarily designed to improve the fan experience, but which also had playing host to the All-Star Weekend in mind.
Utah governor Gary Herbert estimates that the event will bring $45-50 million in economic activity to the state.
Before Vivint Smart Home Arena hosts in 2023, the event will be held at United Center (Chicago, 2020), Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, 2021), and Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, 2022).