Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland will host the 2022 NBA All-Star Game, according to multiple reports.
Cleveland had been in the running to host the 2021 festivities but were edged out by Indianapolis because of delays in upgrading their long-time home.
Work to improve “The Q” will continue until August 2019, but progress has been such that the All-Star Game will return to the city for the first time since 1997.
This season’s game will be hosted by the city of Charlotte, followed by Chicago in 2020 and then Indianapolis.
Quicken Loans Arena started a renovation project in 2017 but work was delayed until June, after the Cavaliers were beaten by the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
Competition for 2022 All-Star Game hosting rights had been expected to come from Boston’s TD Garden, home of the Celtics, but the Boston Globe reported that they did not submit a bid.
The financial windfall for the event, which also includes the Slam Dunk Contest, a celebrity game, the Rising Stars Challenge and a three-point shooting contest among others, is rated around the $100m mark.
Cleveland is also hosting major league baseball’s All-Star Game at Progressive Field in 2019.
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