United Center, home of NBA franchise the Chicago Bulls, will host the basketball league’s All-Star game in 2020, it has been announced.
Chicago last staged the showpiece event in 1988, when the Bulls’ former home, Chicago Stadium, hosted. The 2020 game will be staged on February 16.
The 2017 event was held at Smoothie King Center, home of the New Orleans Pelicans. The 2018 game will be held at Staples Center, home of the LA Clippers and LA Lakers, while the 2019 event will be staged at Spectrum Center, home of the Charlotte Hornets.
“We are honoured that the NBA has selected Chicago to host All-Star 2020,” said Michael Reinsdorf, president and chief operating officer of the Bulls.
“Because the game of basketball has such deep roots and a rich history in this city, with some of the most passionate sports fans in the country, we know it will be a successful event for everyone involved. Our expanded United Center campus and arena renovations with new restaurants and retail will provide visitors the opportunity to enjoy a fan-friendly environment.”
The All-Star weekend will also see the Rising Stars Challenge and All-Star Saturday Night events take place at United Center.
The recently-opened Wintrust Arena, future home of Women’s NBA team Chicago Sky, will host the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and Rising Stars and All-Star Game practices. In partnership with the Chicago Sports Commission, the NBA will also hold a range of fan events, such as Navy Pier, across Chicago over the course of the weekend.