TORONTO (Reuters) – Indianapolis will serve as the site for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game, the league announced on Wednesday.
The game will be held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers. The city is hosting the event for the first time since 1985, when it was played at the Hoosier Dome.
Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement on Wednesday during a press conference at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. He was joined by Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, as well as Pacers Sports & Entertainment owner Herb Simon, President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Fuson and President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard.
“Indianapolis has an enduring love for basketball that creates a special connection to our All-Star Game,” Silver said. “I want to especially thank Herb Simon for his efforts to bring the All-Star festivities back to Indianapolis as well as acknowledge the strong support we received from Governor Holcomb, Mayor Hogsett, Larry Bird, Rick Fuson and the entire Pacers organisation.”
Indianapolis will follow Los Angeles in 2018, Charlotte in 2019 and Chicago in 2020 as the All-Star host.
“On behalf of all of us at Pacers Sports & Entertainment, I am delighted that the NBA is entrusting us with NBA All-Star 2021 and we look forward to putting on a week of events that highlights the city that I love and meets the league’s expectations,” Simon said.