The NBA All-Star game typically is a robust, three-day affair, with several fan and community events taking place in the host city.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, though, when State Farm Arena hosts the All-Star game March 7, it will be on a much smaller scale, for a much shorter time period.
“This is as far from typical as possible,” Hawks CEO Steve Koonin said. “Players will arrive Saturday night, they will leave Sunday night.”
At long last, the one-day All-Star event, which will include a skills challenge, 3-point contest and dunk contest, was announced Thursday afternoon, though rumors of the event have been swirling for weeks. The game will feature local health-care heroes and HBCUs, with the NBA and Players Association committing more than $2.5 million in funds and resources toward HBCUs and “support and awareness around equity and access to COVID-19 care, relief and vaccines,” the league said in a statement.