Sources have confirmed to Inside INdiana Business that what the Indiana Pacers are calling a "major event announcement" this afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse will be official word that Indianapolis will host the 2021 NBA All-Star Weekend. Top brass from the NBA, the state and the city are scheduled to be in attendance.
In January, former Pacers Vice President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird loaded himself into a specially-built INDYCAR and hand-delivered the city’s pitch to NBA headquarters in New York City. Soon after, Visit Indy Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hoops said an NBA All-Star Game would have the potential to impact timing of a possible new hotel downtown. In February, a group of tourism officials from the city traveled to New Orleans to study this year’s event.
Expected attendees at Wednesday’s announcement include: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Pacers Sports & Entertainment owner Herbert Simon, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the league’s choice this morning via Twitter.