NBA All-Star heads to Intuit Dome in 2026

Intuit Dome pictured in December 2023

Featured image credit: Intuit Dome

Intuit Dome has secured its latest major event ahead of its opening later this year, with the National Basketball Association (NBA) awarding All-Star 2026 to Los Angeles.

The 75th All-Star Game will take place at Intuit Dome, the new home of the LA Clippers in Inglewood, on February 15, 2026. This will mark the record seventh NBA All-Star in the Los Angeles area, with previous events having been staged in 2018, 2011, 2004, 1983, 1972 and 1963.

The announcement was made at a press conference yesterday (Tuesday), with NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, stating: “The Intuit Dome promises to present a unique and innovative live basketball experience which will be an extraordinary venue for the NBA All-Star Game in 2026.

“Thanks again to Steve Ballmer, Gillian Zucker, and the Clippers organisation for their commitment to delivering a world-class showcase of the very best of our sport.”

The Clippers worked in collaboration with the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission to bring All-Star 2026 to Los Angeles. All-Star on-court events will tip off on February 13 at Intuit Dome with NBA Rising Stars, an annual showcase for top rookies and second-year NBA players.

On February 14, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature the Kia Skills Challenge, the Starry 3-Point Challenge and AT&T Slam Dunk, before the All-Star Game takes place on the following day.

The NBA will host several events for fans of all ages at venues throughout Los Angeles and Inglewood, including at Kia Forum and the Los Angeles Convention Center. These events will include All-Star Practice presented by AT&T, the Ruffles All-Star Celebrity Game and an All-Star fan fest.

Intuit Dome is due to open in August, with the Clippers set to move in for the 2024-25 NBA season. The near $2bn (£1.58bn/€1.84bn) venue will have a capacity of 18,000 and will replace Arena as the Clippers’ home. The Clippers currently share Arena with fellow NBA team the LA Lakers and NHL franchise the LA Kings.

Intuit Dome has been designed to create an intimate and intense fan experience through features such as ‘The Wall,’ which is comprised of 51 uninterrupted rows of seats that include a dedicated supporters’ section; a two-sided halo scoreboard encircling the bowl with an acre of LED lighting; and an 80,000-square-foot outdoor plaza, surrounding a full-size outdoor court.

The Clippers launched its season membership programme last week, while hospitality company Levy partnered with the team last month to debut 310 Provisions, which will seek to enhance the food and beverage experience at Intuit Dome.

Securing All-Star 2026 marks the first time the NBA has awarded the event to a venue that has yet to open. “We are building Intuit Dome to house and showcase the best basketball players in the world, and we are honoured they will all be under our roof for NBA All-Star,” said Clippers chairman Ballmer.

“We want this to be the ultimate basketball experience on the planet. As good as it gets. The pinnacle, the peak.”

Silver added to reporters: “I think I’ve seen pretty much every major arena in the world at this point, after 32 years in the NBA. This is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.”

In November, the NBA announced that Chase Center, home of the Golden State Warriors, will host its All-Star Game in 2025. This year’s All-Star Game will take place at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers, on February 18. The night before, NBA All-Star Saturday Night will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.