Interest grows in Indy hosting NBA All-Star Weekend

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., (Dec. 30, 2015) – It has been 30 years since Indianapolis hosted the NBA All-Star and since then, the city has grown to a be a convention and sporting event hot spot.

The 3-day NBA All-Star Weekend could bring in more than $100 million in economic impact to the area.

It’s an idea Visit Indy supports and even the NBA’s commissioner is in favor of, but organizers say it’s all about timing.

The All-Star weekend takes place in February and many events during that time in Indianapolis are scheduled out years in advance.

Rick Fuson, from Pacers Sports and Entertainment, says when Indianapolis hosted the NBA All-Star in 1985, it was the largest crowd ever for an all-star game.

It’s likely that same interest would be here nearly 30 years later.

“I’ve talked with the league within the last couple of weeks about it and we’ll have some more discussions in the very near future. We’ll get with our partners from Indiana Sports Corp. and Visit Indy and we’ll see what kind of timing we can do and see what’s available from hotel rooms and all those other things in future years and then try to make a logical decision when we can go after it,” said Rick Fuson, Pacers Sports & Entertainment President and COO.

No formal bid has been submitted to host the all-star weekend.

We’re told the earliest year to host the event would be 2019.

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