Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, will host next year’s NBA All-Star Saturday Night, it has been announced.
All-Star Saturday Night will be held at the stadium on February 17, with the contests to be set up at the south end of the stadium. The north end of the stadium will be used for concerts and performances.
Approximately 35,000 seats will surround the court. The choice of venue is designed to make the event more accessible to locals, and the first group of 10,500 tickets will go on sale to the people of Indiana on July 24 for $24 (£19/€22), $49 and $79.
The All-Star Game itself will be held the following day at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, home of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers.
The NBA All-Star 2024 Host Committee will purchase and distribute 2,400 tickets for All-Star Saturday Night to non-profits and community organisations. The event will feature competitions such as the AT&T Slam Dunk, the Starry 3-Point Contest, and the Kia Skills Challenge.
Rick Fuson, chief executive of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, said: “State Farm All-Star Saturday Night is one of the most exciting and entertaining nights in all of sports, and holding it at Lucas Oil Stadium, one of football’s most iconic venues which was also thoughtfully designed for basketball events, enables us to make it more accessible than ever to our community.
“This focus on community is one of the ways that will make NBA All-Star 2024 in Indianapolis so special and unique, and I am grateful to our friends and partners at the NBA and the Capital Improvement Board for working with us to make this possible.”
Kelly Flatow, head of events at the NBA, added: “We are thrilled to bring State Farm All-Star Saturday Night to Lucas Oil Stadium, where the event will be enjoyed by more fans than ever before.
“We appreciate the incredible collaboration from the NBA All-Star 2024 Host Committee and the Capital Improvement Board to bring this to life, further helping us realise our vision in building an inclusive and fan-first NBA All-Star 2024.”
Lucas Oil Stadium also hosted the final of the March Madness college basketball tournament in 2021.