On Wednesday afternoon, the NBA announced that the 2015 NBA All-Star Game will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York, and that the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets will share hosting duties for the event.
Madison Square Garden will be the site for the All-Star Game itself of Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. The Barclays Center, home of the Nets, will host all of the other All-Star weekend events.
The BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night - including the Sears Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and Sprite Slam Dunk are all now staples of NBA All-Star weekend, and the Barclays Center will certainly be a busy place on the Friday and Saturday leading up to the All-Star Game.
According to the NBA’s official press release, every borough in New York will be involved in hosting various community All-Star Game-related events.
Outgoing NBA commissioner David Stern discussed the benefits of having New York City host the All-Star Game. "New York offers an extraordinary opportunity to host NBA All-Star events at two world-class venues," said Stern. "We look forward to celebrating our game with basketball fans across the entire city, in all five boroughs."
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg was also thrilled that his city will be hosting the All-Star Game as well.
New York City is the basketball capital of the world and the sport's biggest stage," Bloomberg said. "We're lucky enough to have two world-class arenas, and the only thing better than having All-Star weekend at Madison Square Garden or the Barclays Center is having it at both of them. The weekend's activities mean tens of thousands of visitors to the City and lots of activity for local businesses, plus a week of community service events around the five boroughs led by the NBA, which has a terrific record of giving back. We're thrilled and looking forward to cheering on the stars."
Madison Square Garden is well-versed in hosting the NBA All-Star Game. The fourth-ever All-Star Game in 1954 was played there, as well as in 1955, 1968 and 1998.
For those who will be tuning in for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, TNT will once again provide live coverage for the 13th consecutive year. Turner Sports has now been involved in NBA All-Star coverage for over 30 years.
Back in February, Stern told reporters that applications to host the 2015 NBA All-Star Game had been submitted by both the Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden. The decision made is a terrific way to have both venues involved.
Knicks owner James Dolan is honored to be co-hosting with his Brooklyn partner.
"We are extremely proud that Madison Square Garden has been chosen to host the NBA All-Star Game," Dolan said. "To our friends in Brooklyn, like so many other times when New Yorkers put their differences aside for something bigger, we're looking forward to giving our rivalry a rest – for a little bit – to ensure that we deliver the very best All-Star Game experience the league has ever held."
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is excited to be involved in the 2015 All-Star Game festivities as well.
"We are thrilled to welcome the 2015 NBA All-Star festivities on Friday and Saturday to Barclays Center," Prokhorov said in a statement. "Brooklyn has produced some of the greatest players in NBA history, so it's fitting to hold All-Star events in the 'Borough of Basketball.' We are looking forward to showing fans and the players a memorable experience in our state-of-the-art venue, and we are also excited to bring the All-Star Game to Barclays Center in the very near future."
The NBA All-Star Game has always been about the players more than the hosting cities. But with New York’s rich history in basketball and now with two signature venues, the city will be kings of the basketball world in February 2015.