The 74th NBA All-Star game will be hosted by the Golden State Warriors and the Bay Area in 2025. It's the first time the Warriors will host the event since the 2000 season.
The Bay Area will host the 2025 All-Star game
SAN FRANCISCO--NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Monday evening the Golden State Warriors will host the 74th NBA All-Star game in 2025. It will be the first time the Bay Area will host an all-star weekend since 2000. Overall, it's the third time they will be hosting the event in franchise history.
The Bay Area first hosted the All-Star game in 1967, where the two teams played at Cow Palace. Hometown hero Rick Barry, won the MVP award, in which the Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference, 135 to 120. The 2000 All-Star weekend was located at Oakland Arena, which included Vince Carter, Kevin Garnett, Allen Iverson, Grant Hill, and Alonzo Mourning, among others. The Vince Carter dunk contest is one of the most iconic and notable in NBA history.
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Warriors owner Joe Lacob expressed the importance of Steph Curry playing in front of home fans for the first time in his All-Star career. That's if, he's still with Golden State and selected as an All-Star. Last year, Curry put up 50 points, which is third most points in an All-Star game, behind Jayson Tatum with 55. Commissioner Adam Silver stated all cards are on the table when it comes to the various concepts surrounding All-Star weekend in the San Fransisco.
"People are out there talking about concepts about a Ryder Cup type format, maybe thinking about US players playing against global players," said Silver. "I just know we are looking at all different approaches to All-Star, and this is a great market to try new things. When you think of innovation, you think of the Bay Area, San Fransisco, and the Oakland Area."
The Chase Center is an elite venue
It's been four years since the Golden State Warriors relocated from Oakland to San Fransisco. With the move came a beautiful newly constructed arena, known as the Chase Center. A state of the art arena, the Center holds up to nearly 200 sports and entertainment events per year. In the Mission Bay neighbourhood of San Francisco, the Warriors home arena is a one of a kind innovative and culinary experience for guests.
It's the second major announcement for the Bay Area this year. Less than two months ago, the Golden State Warriors announced they would be granted an WNBA Expansion team. Mayor London Breed was visibly seen ecstatic about the news on Monday. Present were Warriors owners Peter Guber, Joe Lacob, and Brandon Schneider, Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer.
"It means a lot of money and a lot of visitors," said Mayor London Breed. "We anticipate 135,000 people will be coming here to the Bay Area, to participate in some capacity over the three day period. We anticipate over 350 million poured into our economy-- in the local businesses, the job opportunities, and all the other activities surrounding All-Star weekend. Mayor Breed did state after the WNBA expansion that the Bay Area wasn't always built up, and has been a work in progress.
There will be several All-Star weekend festivities
"To our fans here in the Bay Area, for the All-Star festivities in 2025, this will be the epicenter of basketball around the world," said Commissioner Adam Silver.
That weekend, the all-star events will begin on Feb. 14, which will feature the rookies. Several events will take place on Feb. 15, including the AT&T Slam Dunk contest. The contests will end on Feb. 16, which will include the NBA All-Star game. The NBA announced in a press release there will be various events for "all ages."
Warriors owner Peter Gruber state it was a "dream" for this to happen 14 years ago, and their past visions have become a reality.
"We always visioned building a new venue-- we did it, a world class venue, " Gruber stated. "Then we always visioned having a great team--we did it. We always visioned having a great fanbase-- we did it and we've been successful. We also promised ourselves we'd bring the All-Star game back to San Fransisco, and we would bring it with style, and great grace-- and have a fantastic experience for our fans and the global fans.
This announcement came after the NBA stated they will switch back to its original Eastern Conference against Western Conference format. The 2024 All-Star weekend will take place at from Feb. 15. through Feb. 18 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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