Are you ready for an All-Star Weekend? The 2019 NBA All Star-Weekend takes place in Charlotte this year from February 15th through the 17th and brings lots of fans, money, and excitement to the city.
In an article by WCNC, it was reported that the weekend is expected to bring more than 150,000 visitors and 1,800 media members to celebrate the events. “To put that into perspective, 150,000 is more than twice the capacity of Bank of America Stadium,” reports WCNC.
The All-Star weekend is also expected to bring more than $100 million to Charlotte and create thousands of part-time jobs. According to WCNC, this will be the biggest increase since Charlotte hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2012.
According to an article by WBTV, Charlotte’s Assistant City Manager explained that the NBA and Charlotte Regional Visitor’s Authority are working together to create opportunities for those familiar with the Charlotte-area to become All-Star Ambassadors. Ambassadors will assist with the events throughout the weekend and are expected to be paid about $15 per hour according to WBTV.
The NBA-All Star Weekend is the mid-season break for the NBA regular season and hosts weekend events leading up to the big All-Star Game on Sunday. The pick-up game consists of some of the best basketball players alive competing against each other and brings thousands of fans to Uptown Charlotte.
This year’s captains include the early favorite for the league’s MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the one and only, LeBron James! The team captains will draft the rosters from the pool of players which will be revealed during the Draft Show on February 7th.
Want to partake in some of the fun events leading up to the game? Here are a few must see events to get you pumped up:
February 15 – 17th, 12 – 7 p.m.
This free event takes place at the Epicentre. Covered floor to ceiling in NBA art, displays, and apparel, the Epicentre is a great spot to engage with some of the NBA’s best while partaking in activities and panel discussions. Reserve your spot now to attend!
NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
Friday, February 15th @ 7 p.m.
Watch as some of your favorite celebs faceoff in this All-Star Celebrity Game. Buy tickets here.
NBA MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars Game
Friday, February 15th @ 9 p.m.
Watch 10 first and second-year NBA players compete in this U.S.A. vs. the World Rising Stars game! Buy tickets here.
NBA Practice & Media Day
Saturday, February 16th @ 9:30 a.m.
Watch your favorite NBA players practice together in this showcase of the best talent the NBA has to offer! Buy tickets here.
State Farm All-Star Saturday Night
Saturday, February 16th @ 7:30 p.m.
Watch as your favorite NBA players complete in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest, and Slam Dunk Contest. Buy tickets here.
68th NBA All-Star Game
Sunday, February 17th @ 8 p.m.
The game format will be decided on a voting process this year rather than the usual East/West format. Enjoy a live performance by North Carolina native, J. Cole and Meek Mill at the halftime show on February 17th. The national anthem will be performed by Grammy Award winner, Anthony Hamilton followed by the Canadian national anthem performed by Carly Rae Jepsen.
Don’t miss out on the 68th All-Star game taking place in none other than the Queen City! Find out more information and buy your tickets here.