NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans will host the 66th NBA All-Star Game, the NBA confirmed Friday. The game will be played on Sunday, February 19, at the Smoothie King Center.
In addition to the game, the Smoothie King Center will host the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 17 and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 18 while the NBA All-Star Practice, NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and NBA Development League All-Star Game will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
“New Orleans is a world-class destination for sports and entertainment and we are very appreciative that the city is once again hosting our All-Star festivities,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “We are grateful to Tom and Gayle Benson and the Pelicans organization and to Governor John Bel Edwards, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation for inviting us back for what promises to be another exciting and memorable celebration of the game.”
Last month, the NBA decided to move the games from Charlotte, North Carolina because of that state’s controversial transgender bathroom law. The league did say it hopes to hold the 2019 game in Charlotte “provided there is an appropriate resolution to this matter.”
This would be the third time New Orleans has played host to the game.