Cleveland, OH — Adam Silver, the NBA’s Commissioner, announced today the Cleveland Cavaliers will be the host team for the 2022 NBA All-Star game. The game will take place in Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, to commemorate the league’s 75th anniversary.
“Cleveland is a passionate sports city with a proven track record of hosting large-scale, global events,” said Silver in a press release. “We thank Dan Gilbert, Len Komoroski and the civic leaders for their commitment, and we look forward to a weeklong celebration of our game.”
Cavaliers Chairman Dan Gilbert was beside Silver during the press conference to announce the news. He stated the following on hosting All-Star weekend in 2022:
“We are proud to host NBA All-Star weekend in Cleveland in 2022. We have been working with the NBA, the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to deliver this iconic event to Northeast Ohio for the last couple of years. The transformation and new state-of-the-art Quicken Loans Arena was an important factor in the NBA’s decision to choose Cleveland for this exciting classic broadcast across the globe. The world will get to see the modern Cleveland and all of its diversity, innovation and promise for the future.”
All-star weekend will tip-off on Feb. 18, 2022, starting with the Rising Stars game. The following day, the annual Skills Challenge and three-point contest will take place, followed by the main event that Sunday.
The NBA All-Star game has not been in Cleveland since 1997 when the league celebrated its 50th anniversary. Back in 1981, the All-Star game also was played in the Cavs home gym of Richfield Coliseum.
There’s history with All-Star games in Cleveland. In 2022 history will continue with such a huge anniversary to be celebrated.
“The City of Cleveland is pleased to host NBA All-Star 2022,” shared Cleveland’s Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “Our city is no stranger to hosting successful, large, global events. It is a good opportunity, once again, for visitors to come to Cleveland and experience all we have to offer.”