INDIANAPOLIS — The NBA All-Star 2024 Host Committee announced Wednesday that State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The events will take place on Saturday, Feb. 17. as many of the league’s brightest stars to showcase their skills in AT&T Slam Dunk, the Starry 3-Point Contest, and the Kia Skills Challenge.
The 73rd NBA All-Star Game will be held on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse while All-Star Saturday Night, which features the Dunk Contest and more, will take place the day before at Lucas Oil Stadium.
According to the host committee says 10,500 tickets will go on sale to people in Indiana first on July 24 for $24, $49, and $79. The event will feature approximately 35,000 seats surrounding the court.
If estimates for recent NBA All-Star host cities hold true, Indianapolis could see a quarter-billion-dollar benefit from hosting the best basketball players on the planet.
The Indiana Pacers report the NBA determined the economic impact of taking its All-Star game to Salt Lake City this year was $280 million, $30 million more than the boost Cleveland experienced as host of the 2022 game.
Indianapolis’ bid to host the 2021 NBA All-Star Game was sidelined by the COVID pandemic.
The Pacers are continuing to analyze the data to measure the potential economic impact of the game for Indianapolis.
”It’s getting to be about that time again,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett at a kickoff event outside Lucas Oil Stadium. “Time for Indianapolis to reenter the national spotlight as host for one of America’s premier sporting events.”
2024 will find the city hosting not only NBA All-Stars but also the first two rounds of the NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament, the Indy 500 and the USA Olympic Swimming trials.
”There will be people coming through the doors with all the events that we share,” said Governor Eric Holcomb. “This is an event that will be seen on every continent in the world. It is a huge opportunity for our state and our capitol city to really show what we’re all about.”
There’ll also be concerts and other events.
The Host Committee also announced that Hoosiers will get the first crack at lower-priced tickets for the game.
”Starting July 24th, we will be putting the first batch of tickets, 10,500, on sale,” said Pacers Sports & Entertainment CEO Rick Fuson. “The ticket prices of the ones that will be released will be $24, $49 and $79.
”Hoosiers will have the first chance to buy and fans should go to pacers.com/allstar and sign up for more information on purchasing tickets.”
The Host Committee will also make 2400 tickets available free to community groups.
”Families are gonna be included,” said Lynn Rogers of the Concord Community Center. “A lot of times we have these events and its out of town folks and big name people, but now the everyday average person can be a huge part of this and that’s important because it helps let them know they are a focus of this city.”
Rogers said the youngsters at her center are the type of kids who will see their sports heroes in person.
”And you never know when that one kid is gonna be sparked by someone who’s just gonna do great things because they did have the opportunity to go see them, to participate, come downtown.”
IndyGo bus rides will be free throughout the All-Star weekend with extended nightly service.
Buses will offer extended service, ensuring that riders will have easy transportation home following downtown events. The Pacers Bike Share, operated by the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, will also be free during the four-day events.
“Between two top-tier sports venues, four days of free public transit, and one of the most walkable downtowns in America, NBA All-Star has never been more accessible or fan-friendly,” Mayor Hogsett said. “It’s no surprise. When it comes to hosting large events, Indianapolis does it like nobody else.”
For more information and to keep up with the latest NBA All-Star 2024 announcements, visit the Pacers website and follow @NBAAllStar across social media.