Phoenix to Host NBA All-Star 2027: A Spectacular Basketball Celebration

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announces Phoenix as the host for NBA All-Star 2027 at Footprint Center. The fourth time for Phoenix, the festivities promise an unforgettable celebration of basketball.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has officially declared that Phoenix will be the venue for NBA All-Star 2027. The 76th NBA All-Star Game is scheduled to take place at the Footprint Center, home of the Phoenix Suns, on Sunday, February 21, 2027. This marks the fourth occasion that Phoenix will host the NBA All-Star event, having previously done so in 1975, 1995, and 2009.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the decision during a press conference held at the Footprint Center. Silver was accompanied by Suns Chairman Mat Ishbia and Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs, with a recorded message from Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.

Silver stated, “Our NBA All-Star festivities in 2027 will showcase Phoenix’s love of everything basketball. And we couldn’t be more excited to work with Mat Ishbia and the entire Suns organization for what promises to be an unforgettable celebration of our sport.”

Mat Ishbia expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “Phoenix is the ultimate basketball destination, and we are excited for fans from around the world to experience our amazing city. We will provide an NBA All-Star Weekend unlike any other, showcasing the passion of our fans, our city, and everything that we’re building here. Thank you to the NBA and the entire Phoenix community for rallying together to bring this marquee event to Phoenix and show the world what we are all about.”

Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs shared, “We are excited to welcome the NBA and basketball fans to the great state of Arizona for NBA All-Star 2027. Arizona is a premier destination for sports and entertainment, and we look forward to showing fans everything that our state has to offer.”

Mayor Gallego added, “The City of Phoenix is thrilled to host NBA All-Star 2027. Our city is no stranger to hosting major sports and entertainment events, and this is another opportunity to put Phoenix on the global stage. NBA All-Star will bring excitement and energy to the city along with a significant economic impact. Thank you to the NBA and the Phoenix Suns for the opportunity to welcome fans from around the world to our incredible city for what will be a memorable All-Star weekend.”

NBA All-Star events at the Footprint Center will kick off on Friday, February 19, with the NBA Rising Stars featuring top rookies and second-year NBA players. State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on February 20 will showcase the Kia Skills Challenge, the STARRY 3-Point Challenge, and AT&T Slam Dunk. The NBA All-Star Game will conclude the festivities on Sunday, February 21.

In addition to on-court events, the NBA will organize various fan-centric activities throughout Phoenix, including NBA All-Star Practice presented by AT&T, the Ruffles NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and an NBA All-Star fan fest, providing fans with basketball programming, entertainment, and opportunities for close interaction with NBA players, legends, and celebrities.

The league will continue its commitment to social responsibility with NBA Cares events during NBA All-Star 2027. Through partnerships with schools and nonprofit organizations, the NBA aims to reach thousands of children and families in Phoenix and the surrounding areas, providing critical resources to community-based programs.

Phoenix will also host the WNBA All-Star festivities in 2024.

Recalling NBA All-Star History in Phoenix:

Phoenix most recently hosted NBA All-Star in 2009, where Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal shared All-Star Game MVP honors. In Rising Stars, Kevin Durant scored an event-record 46 points as a second-year NBA player with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

NBA All-Star 1995 in Phoenix saw Mitch Richmond earning the MVP award off the bench, helping the Western Conference defeat the Eastern Conference 139-112. The Slam Dunk competition was won by Harold Miner, and Glen Rice secured victory in the 3-Point Contest.

The 25th NBA All-Star Game took place in 1975 in Phoenix, with Walt Frazier’s MVP-winning performance lifting the Eastern Conference past the Western Conference 108-102.

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