The NBA announced the 2017 All-Star Game will be in the ‘Big Easy’.
This comes nearly a month after the event was removed from Charlotte, due to North Carolina passing the controversial, Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act.
The league released this statement on Friday:
“New Orleans is a world-class destination for sports and entertainment and we are very appreciative that the city is once again hosting our All-Star festivities,” NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver said. “We are grateful to Tom and gayle Benson and the Pelicans organization and to Governor Benson and the Pellicans organization and to Governor John Bel Edwards, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation for inviting us back for what promises to be another exciting and memorable celebration of the game.”
This is New Orleans’ third time being selected as host city for the league’s All-Star Game.
The economic boost from the All-Star festivities couldn’t come at a better time, as the state works to recover from the devastating floods, the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.
The NBA said the league and the National Basketball Players Association have joined the Pelicans and the New Orleans Saints to provide ongoing relief support.
“Even in the midst of a historic crisis, I am excited that the NBA has recognized how great the City of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana are,” Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said. “In Louisiana, one of the strongest bonds that unites all of us is our passion for sports. Not only will NBA fans be able to participate in the All-Star Game events, they will also be a part of our world-famous Mardi Gras festivities. The fan experience can’t get any better than that.”
“While we move into the recovery phase of this disaster, I want to thank the NBA for the vote of confidence in our state to host this event and their support of the relief efforts currently underway. I want to congratulate Mayor Landrieu, the City of New Orleans, and the Pelicans for working in short order to make this all possible.”
The game will be played on February 19 at the Smoothie King Center.