New York - The 2017 NBA All-Star game will be played in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the second time, it was revealed on Tuesday.
The decade-old, $260 million (232 million euros) home arena for the NBA's Charlotte Hornets will seat 20,000 for the 66th showdown of elite NBA stars on February 19, 2017.
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Charlotte previously hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 1991, when the Eastern Conference edged the Western Conference 116-114 behind 26 points from Michael Jordan, now the owner of the Hornets, and 17 points and 22 rebounds from game Most Valuable Player Charles Barkley at the Charlotte Coliseum.
"It's an honor to bring NBA All-Star back to Charlotte," Jordan said. "I remember the excitement of playing in the 1991 All-Star Game, the first one held in my home state, and I take pride in being able to host NBA All-Star 2017 as the owner of the Hornets. This is a great moment for our fans, our city, and our franchise."
Next year's NBA All-Star Game will take place in Toronto, the Canadian city becoming the first All-Star host city outside the United States.