Salt Lake City has been selected to host NBA All-Star 2023, the NBA announced on Thursday. The 72nd NBA All-Star Game will take place at Vivint Smart Home Arena, home of the Utah Jazz on February 19, 2023. This will mark the 30 anniversary of the 1993 NBA All-Star Game played in Salt Lake City.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement today during a press conference at Vivint Smart Home Arena, where he was joined by Larry H. Miller (LHM) Group of Companies Owner and Chairman Gail Miller, LHM Group of Companies CEO Steve Starks, Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski.
“Along with a rich basketball tradition, Salt Lake City has proven to be a world-class destination for large-scale events and sports competitions,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
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LHM Group of Companies CEO Steve Starks mentioned that with the recently concluded renovation of the Vivint Arena, it will play an ideal host to an event of such magnitude and importance. Moreover, the proximity of Salt Palace Convention and Hunstman Center will attract larger crowds.
NBA All-Star oncourt events will tip off on Friday, February 17 at the venue and will culminate with the NBA All-Star Game on February 19. Additional programming for fans of all ages will take place at venues throughout the city, including the Salt Palace Convention Center and Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus.
NBA ALL-STAR HISTORY IN UTAH
Salt Lake City previously hosted NBA All-Star at the Delta Center in 1993, when the Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference 135-132 in overtime in the 43 All-Star Game. Karl Malone and John Stockton of the hometown Jazz became the first teammates to share the All-Star MVP award.
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This was the final All-Star Game for the Detroit Pistons’ Isiah Thomas and the first for Orlando Magic rookie Shaquille O’Neal. The Charlotte Hornets’ Larry Johnson became the first player in franchise history to appear in an All-Star Game.
Salt Lake City was home for the Utah Stars of the American Basketball Association from 1970-75 and hosted the 1973 ABA All-Star Game at The Salt Palace. The Eastern Conference team in the 1973 ABA All-Star Game included NBA legend Julius Erving and was coached by Hall of Famer Larry Brown.
TNT will broadcast the game worldwide in more than 200 countries and territories and in more than 40 languages.
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