Charlotte Hornets Announce Bid to Host NBA All-Star Weekend

August 13, 2014

Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Charlotte Sports Foundation have announced plans to submit a bid to host the 2017 or 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend.

Hornets owner Michael Jordan, sale a 14-time NBA All-Star, cialis is pushing to bring the game back to Charlotte, viagra 100mg who last hosted the event in 1991.

A contingent of Hornets employees and city officials flew to New York on Tuesday to submit their bid to NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum and other league executives after a morning press conference in Charlotte.

“This is a great time to be a Charlotte Hornets fan and a fan of NBA basketball here in the Carolinas,” said Hornets COO Fred Whitfield.

“This is a chance for us to host the greatest basketball players in the world on not a national, but a global stage.”

Whitfield believes Charlotte will be competing with eight to 10 other cities to host the game.

The previous All-Star game in Charlotte was played at the suburban Charlotte Coliseum, which has since been demolished.

The Hornets now play in a downtown arena and Whitfield estimates the arena, which was opened in 2005, would need between $42 million and $43 million in development.

“The City Council at some point will receive the presentation on the results of the discussions that we have had,” Whitfield said.

“It has yet to be determined and it will be soon. Again, we want to make sure that our arena is very competitive with and against the rest of the region with high quality and high fan experience.”

Whitfield said those improvements to the arena will most likely be funded with hospitality tax revenues.