Which Cities Are the Leading Candidates to Host the 2025 NBA All-Star Weekend? Which Teams Have Placed Bids for 2025 ASG?
Today, we will discuss the potential hosts and cities for the 2025 NBA All-Star Game. Without any delay, let’s dive right in!
2025 NBA All-Star Game Host Candidates
As the NBA community anticipates the next three All-Star Games, it’s worth looking ahead to 2025. However, before we do so, let’s focus on the exciting upcoming and recent NBA All-Star Weekends leading up to it.
- 2022: The event took place in Cleveland, Ohio and the city hosted the game for the first time since 1997.
- 2023: Salt Lake City, Utah will be the home of the 2023 game. Utah will be hosting the event for the first time since 1993.
- 2024: The next NBA All-Star Game will happen in Indianapolis, Indiana. The city will host the event for the first time since 1985. Originally, Indiana was slated to host the 2021 game. However, the town was given the 2024 All-Star Weekend as compensation for the original game being canceled due to the global health crisis.
Let’s bring up which cities would be eligible for the 2025 game. Even though it’s approximately two years from now, it’s never too early to discuss the candidates for the new event. Some cities have already expressed interest for 2025 and the coming years! For the 2025 NBA All-Star Game Host Candidates, please refer to the information below:
2025 NBA All-Star Game Host Candidates:
Phoenix, Arizona (Footprint Center)
According to Basketball News.com, the Phoenix Suns are submitting their bid to host the 2025 mid-season classic. Footprint Center, formerly Talking Stick Resort Arena, recently underwent a multi-year renovation. The improvements include new concourses and food concessions. The Suns played in the 2021 NBA Finals (lost vs. Bucks), so the recent fan support would be a good case for the mid-season classic to return to Arizona. Should Phoenix be awarded the 2025 game, it will mark the city’s first time hosting the event since 2009. Additionally, this would be the third time that Phoenix has hosted the NBA All-Star event since the opening of its current arena in the 1990s.
Boston, Massachusetts (TD Garden)
Via 98.5 The Sports Hub, the Boston Celtics are considering hosting the 2025 or 2026 NBA All-Star Game. Since its opening in 1995, TD Garden saw the Celtics win the 2008 NBA title and the Bruins claim the 2011 Stanley Cup. In recent years, the Boston arena was the home for the 2022 NBA Finals (Celtics vs. Warriors) and the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals (Bruins vs. Blues). If the Celtics get the 2025 game, TD Garden will host the event for the first time since its opening. The NHL All-Star Game was held in the current arena in 1996, but the NBA mid-season classic has never taken place there. The last time Boston hosted any type of All-Star Game was in 1999, when the MLB’s mid-summer classic was held at Fenway Park.
San Francisco, California (Chase Center)
The Golden State Warriors opened their current facility Chase Center in 2019 after spending the last few decades at Oracle Arena. The Warriors had to move crosstown from Oakland to San Francisco to get the new venue. According to ESPN, Chase Center can host a future NBA All-Star Game as soon as 2021. The arena recently hosted a future basketball event, the 2022 NCAA Tournament. Regarding accommodations, there are over 25 hotel options to choose from in San Francisco. If the Warriors secure the 2025 game, it will be their first time hosting since 2000 in Oakland.
Possibly in the Mix
Sacramento, California (Golden 1 Center)
- According to The Sacramento Bee, the team and the city placed bids for the 2022 and 2023 All-Star Games. However, they lost the bids to Cleveland and Salt Lake City (respectively) due to insufficient hotel rooms despite Airbnb and cruise ship room options downtown. The Sacramento Kings are playing their fifth season at their new home at the Golden 1 Center. The Kings spent their previous 28 years at Sleep Train Arena (formerly known as Arco Arena). However, the city of Sacramento has never hosted an NBA All-Star Game in its history.
Detroit, Michigan (Little Caesar’s Arena)
- According to Detroit Free Press, the city and the team placed bids for the 2020 and 2021 games but lost to Chicago and Indianapolis (respectively). The main reason for the snubs is due to needing more hotels near the arena. The Detroit Pistons are playing their sixth season at their new venue at Little Caesar’s Arena. In fact, the Pistons are sharing their new venue with the Red Wings of the National Hockey League. Detroit spent the past few decades playing at the now-demolished Palace at Auburn Hills. The state of Michigan is looking for its first NBA All-Star Game since 1979 (when it was in Pontiac).
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Fiserv Forum)
- According to TMJ4 Milwaukee, the city and the team submitted a bid to host the 2023 game but lost out to Salt Lake City. No main reason was confirmed, but this snub was likely due to insufficient hotel rooms near the arena. The Milwaukee Bucks are playing their fifth season at their new home at Fiserv Forum. Before the venue’s opening, the Bucks spent the previous thirty years playing home games at Bradley Center. The city of Milwaukee is looking for its first NBA All-Star Weekend since 1977, when it was played at Milwaukee Arena.
Orlando, Florida (Amway Center)
- The earliest Central Florida can host a future All-Star Game is in 2024, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The city could not host the event earlier than 2024 due to major conventions taking place downtown. However, the Central Florida city is currently focusing on bidding for the 2027 midseason event via News 13. Orlando has hosted the game on two occasions: 1992 at Amway Arena and 2012 at the Amway Center. Recently, Orlando was the home of the NBA’s Restart in 2020 (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Lake Buena Vista). In addition, the complex hosted the MLS is Back Tournament in Summer 2020.
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