2019 NBA All-Star Weekend
Welcome to the Queen City
The kings of the NBA are returning to the Queen City for the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend Feb. 15-17, 2019. The NBA All-Star game was first held in Charlotte in 1991. The 68th annual game will take place at Spectrum Center, home of Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets, on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. More than 150 city events are expected during the weekend, including several ticketed and non-ticketed public events at historic Bojangles’ Coliseum and the Charlotte Convention Center.
What can I expect during the NBA All-Star Game weekend?
Attendees, including NBA officials and their partners, celebrities and 1,800 members of the media, are estimated to attend the star-studded weekend of events. NBA All-Star weekends are known to be full of plenty of fanfare and festivities surrounding the game to create a celebration experience spectators won’t forget.
For a quick reference of tips to prepare for NBA All-Star Weekend, here's 10 Things to Know for NBA All-Star Weekend.
How can my business get involved with NBA All-Star Week?
Charlotte is excited to welcome upwards of 150,000 people that will be in town for the various games and events happening throughout the weekend and invites local businesses to help us make their time in Charlotte a slam dunk! Please utilize this NBA All-Star Hospitality Toolkit to be “All-Star Ready” and help your business engage with both out-of-town attendees and locals who will be seeking All-Star excitement.
How can fans buy tickets to the NBA All-Star Game and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night?
Individual tickets for the All-Star Game and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night do not go on sale to the public. The All-Star Game and All-Star Saturday Night are broadcast to a global audience, which requires a much larger broadcast production setup, a large performance stage and an increased media seating build-out to accommodate media attendees from around the world, all of which significantly reduce the total number of ticket seats.
Access to public tickets for events at Spectrum Center is primarily provided through promotions with marketing and media partners. The remaining seats are used by all 30 NBA teams, marketing and community partners, participants in the weekend, players and the Players Association, NBA Legends and the Retired Players Association.
Events such as the NBA All-Star at Epicentre, NBA All-Star Practice & Media Day, NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles and MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars were created to ensure fans have an opportunity to see, participate and interact with players and Legends. For tickets to these events, visit NBAEvents.com.
Are there any ticket packages available to the NBA All-Star Game and NBA All-Star Game Weekend events?
There are select NBA Premium Ticket Packages available for large corporations, small businesses, groups or individuals. These ticket packages include VIP access, interactive experiences and Insider extras exclusive to NBA Premium Package offerings. More details on these ticket packages, including pricing, can be found at nbapremium.com.
I’m attending an NBA All-Star event at Spectrum Center and/or Bojangles’ Coliseum – are there any restrictions on items I can bring into the venues?
Yes, some of the items you’ll need to leave at home include: types of backpacks, banners, professional cameras, selfie sticks, strollers, whistles & horns and more. Download the Prohibited Items at NBA Arenas PDF for a full list of the items prohibited inside the venues.
What can I experience during the NBA All-Star Game weekend?
While tickets to the All-Star Game and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night may be hard to come by, there's lots of ways that fans, visitors and residents can experience the incredible action of the NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte.
Visit NBAEvents.com to purchase tickets to the NBA All-Star Practice & Media Day, NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles and MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars.
In addition, there will be several events and activations fans can participate in during NBA All-Star Weekend. Guests can experience NBA Crossover at the Epicentre in Uptown Charlotte from Friday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 17. NBA Crossover, an intimate space showcasing the convergence of the NBA and pop culture through the art, fashion, music, technology and entertainment that surround today’s game, will include: NBA players and talent appearances, immersive virtual reality demonstrations, art displays, apparel customization and the NBA Store: A Fanatics Experience.
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What does hosting the NBA All-Star Game mean for Charlotte?
Charlotte truly shines when it hosts high profile events, which provide rich experiences for our visitors and residents. This particular event is expected to garner international exposure for the city as a leisure, sports, business and convention destination and generate an estimated $100 million in economic impact. Previous games have produced as much as 22.3 million television viewers and 1.2 billion social media impressions. Programs in previous host cities designed around community outreach for identified charitable areas have also been developed by the NBA and have become legacy service projects.
How big of an event will the NBA All-Star Game be?
The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will be the biggest sporting event the city of Charlotte has ever hosted. This is truly an international event that will place Charlotte in the global spotlight and showcase the global brand of the NBA. More than 1,800 members of the media from around the world are expected to attend the NBA All-Star events and the events are expected to bring thousands of visitors to Charlotte. Coverage of Sunday's All-Star Game and the games, activities and activations leading up to and following the event is expected to reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories and be heard in more than 40 different languages.
Are Hotel Rooms available for guests?
Due to the large number of guests expected for the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend, most of Center City Charlotte’s hotel rooms have been secured for the game’s official attendees and associated partners. However, there are other hotel offerings within driving distance to the event. To search hotel availability, we suggest using the following resources:
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What can I do when I visit Charlotte?
From flavorful dining and fun nightlife to exhilarating adventures at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and U.S. National Whitewater Center, you’ll soon discover the ‘a lot’ that Charlotte’s got. For more information, request a free Charlotte City Guide to begin planning your getaway to the Queen City.
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What community outreach initiative will the NBA focus on while in town for the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend?
The NBA –through its NBA Cares initiative – will be very active in the Charlotte community with activations throughout the NBA All-Star Weekend including the annual NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service, with participation from NBA players, WNBA players and NBA Legends. Since 2008, more than 15,500 members of the NBA family have volunteered during NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service resulting in more than 90 places for kids and families to live, learn or play and more than 625,000 pounds of food packed for families. The NBA is currently finalizing its plans for its community outreach while in Charlotte and will share more details as activations are confirmed.
What will be the impact of NBA All-Star Week on residents' commute into Uptown?
The NBA is working in conjunction with the Charlotte Police Department, Mayor’s office and CRVA on planning and issues related to traffic and transportation. Standard game-day street closures will be in effect the week of NBA All-Star around the Spectrum Center. Additional street closures will be in effect Friday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 17. For more details on street closures, transportation service impact updates and tips for navigating the city during NBA All-Star Weekend, visit charlottenc.gov/nba.
What's the best way to get around Uptown during NBA All-Star Week?
Walking will be the most efficient way to get around. A 200-person street team, outfitted in red or blue jackets and T-shirts, will be positioned in hotels and surrounding event areas to direct and escort guests to venues and transportation hubs. Download the NBA All-Star App to access basic event and city information.
What types of ambassador opportunities will be available for residents to participate in?
Those interested in ambassador opportunities during the NBA All-Star Week may reach out to the contacts below.
Event Staff Inc.
Opportunities in South Charlotte:
704-927-1477 extension 108
Opportunities in North Charlotte:
704-927-1477 extension 208
How do I obtain a permit if I'm hosting a special outdoor event?
Outdoor special events located on private property within the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County require a temporary permit(s). Examples where permits are required include the installation of temporary structures or tents, the use of noise amplification systems and the use or sale of alcohol. Click here to submit a permit application. If you have questions or need additional assistance, contact 704.336.6691 or 704.336.3599.
Supplier Diversity Program
In Charlotte, we believe diversity and inclusion are driving forces behind our bright future. A city of transplants and of locals, the Queen City embraces its cultural heritage, always with the mindset that our differences make us stronger. As such, the City of Charlotte, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority and Hornets Sports & Entertainment are proud to support the NBA All-Star 2019 Supplier Diversity Program, which champions minority- and women-owned businesses by providing a registry of locally supplied goods and services to the NBA and its partners. Every business included in the registry must apply and be approved, but the NBA will work with local community groups and certifying agencies to make sure the range of businesses (whether women-, minority-, veteran- or LGBTQ-owned) reflect Charlotte’s diverse community. To find out more and to apply, click here.