Chicago Bulls to announce the hosting of 2020 NBA All-Star Game

Frederick Owens
November 12, 2017

After a report leaked on Thursday afternoon that Chicago would host the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, NBA commissioner Adam Silver made it official on Friday. The other time when Chicago hosted the All-Star game was in 1973.

It will be the first All-Star Game played in Chicago since 1988 and the first time it's ever been held at the United Center. It is my pleasure to be part of the National Basketball Association at a time when the All-Star Game and the surrounding festivities are coming back to town.

Jordan took home the MVP honors and won the Slam Dunk Contest in front of the hometown crowd. I was sitting way up in the rafters.

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The big difference between then and now, Silver said, is the game has become part of a series of week-long events. "We thank Mayor Emanuel, Jerry and Michael Reinsdorf and the entire Bulls organization and look forward to an exciting week of activities celebrating the game of basketball".

According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, The Chicago Bulls' bid for the 2020 All-Star event gained significant momentum last month.

The 2018 game will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, while the 2019 contest will be held in Charlotte after the 2017 game was moved to New Orleans because of North Carolina's controversial "bathroom bill".

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