|Charlotte to bid for All-Star gala|
|Hornets seek NBA showcase in 2017 or '18|
|Published Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:04 am|
Charlotte wants to land the NBA All-Star game.
The Charlotte Sports Foundation and the Charlotte Hornets officially announced today the franchise will bid to host the All-Star Weekend in 2017 or 2018.
The Charlotte contingent of Hornets President Fred Whitfield, CSF Executive Director Will Webb, foundation board chair Johnny Harris and Hornets TV analyst Dell Curry, a former All-Star participant will fly to New York today to deliver the bid to NBA executives.
“On behalf of everyone involved, we are very excited to announce that we will submit an official bid this afternoon for Charlotte to host NBA All-Star Weekend,” Webb said. “The overwhelming support for the Hornets during their playoff run and rebranding has proven the passion Charlotte has for the NBA. And the worldwide fan base of the NBA makes this a perfect opportunity to showcase Charlotte and Time Warner Cable Arena on a global stage.”
Charlotte hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 1991, a 116-114 East win against the West before a sold-out crowd of 23,530 at the Charlotte Coliseum. The most notable image from that game was former Boston Celtics guard Dee Brown winning the slam dunk contest with a no-look jam in the final.
“It is our honor to submit our bid for the city of Charlotte to host a future All-Star Weekend,” Whitfield said. “With the return of the Hornets name and our team on the rise, we feel like this is the perfect time for Charlotte to host an All-Star Game and we are confident in our chances for success.”
The NBA showcase is the latest prize Charlotte backers are actively seeking. The city hosts several annual major sports events, including the CIAA basketball tournament, ACC football title game, Belk Bowl and Wells Fargo Championship. Future events include NCAA men’s basketball tournament games in 2015, the ACC tournament in 2019, and the PGA Championship in 2017.
“We are very confident in the strength of our bid to host NBA All-Star Weekend,” Harris said. “Charlotte has proven to be a thriving center of economic growth and development. It is a tremendous destination for both domestic and international sports fans.”
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