On April 16 2012, just three days after New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson bought the New Orleans Hornets franchise, NBA Commissioner David Stern confirmed in a press conference that New Orleans has been selected as the site of the NBA All-Star Weekend 2014, the 63rd edition of this popular event.
The NBA All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, February 16 at New Orleans Arena, the home of the Hornets through 2024 after signing a lease extension. Renovations to the Arena are planned to take place over the next two NBA offseasons. New Orleans also hosted the game in 2008, which at the time, was the first major sporting event besides home games to be held New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina. It's not strange that the NBA repeat so soon the All-Star Weekend in the same city, Los Angeles (2004 and 2011) and Houston (2006 and 2013) only had a seven years span between their last two All-Star Weekend selections, and David Stern told a few years ago that not every NBA city has all the qualifications to host an All-Star Weekend (new arena, hotel capacity, security...)
2014 NBA All-Star Schedule of Events
Comments about New Orleans selection
"There is no better place to celebrate and showcase the NBA than in New Orleans, a city with a rich tradition of hosting major events that is second- to-none," said NBA Commissioner David Stern. "Our 2008 NBA All-Star festivities proved a terrific experience for everyone involved, and we anticipate 2014 will be even better."
"I have always taken great pride in our city hosting Super Bowls. I don't think any city does it better than New Orleans," said Tom Benson, the owner of the Hornets and the NFL's Saints. "With the NBA, we get the unique opportunity from time to time to host the NBA All-Star Game, which has proven to be one of the highlights of the NBA season and will be a highlight for our city in 2014. I thank Commissioner Stern for making this announcement today and once again proving how much he believes in the city of New Orleans. In February 2013, we will host the Super Bowl. In February 2014, we will host the NBA All-Star Game. We could not be more pleased."
"The addition of the 2014 NBA All-Star Game is part of an unprecedented run of major sporting events for New Orleans. It started with the 2012 BCS Championship, which was followed by the 2012 Final Four just three months later," said Governor Bobby Jindal. "In 2013, we will host the Super Bowl and the NCAA Women's Final Four. No city in America has attracted such a string of major sporting events in such a short period of time. This proves that Louisiana continues to be a world class destination for major events."
"We are pleased to add the 2014 NBA All-Star Game to an already unprecedented lineup of international events being hosted in the city," said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "Commissioner Stern and the NBA have been unbelievable partners for New Orleans. NBA All-Star 2014 will once again put New Orleans on the world stage and give us an opportunity to showcase our city's comeback."