Utah Jazz submit bid to host future NBA All-Star game

Utah Jazz submit bid to host future NBA All-Star game (Photo: Utah Jazz)

(KUTV) - The NBA's popular All-Star Weekend could be coming to Salt Lake City.

The Utah Jazz formally submitted a bid to the NBA Friday to host the NBA All-Star Game in either 2022 or 2023.

The Jazz are going with a "Game Elevated" theme which will focus on guest experience, innovation, and arts and education.

“On behalf of the State of Utah, we are committed to the hard work of bringing the NBA All-Star Game to Salt Lake City,” Utah Governor Gary Herbert said. “We know this about the Miller family, Utah Jazz organization, and our state -- the NBA All-Star Game will be above the rim and the NBA family will fall in love again with the great people of our state.”

The Jazz submitted the bid to the league both online and by shipping a custom box with an iPad of the presentation.

“We are very excited and well prepared to bring back the NBA All-Star Game to Vivint Smart Home Arena,” Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski said. “We are a vibrant, diverse and culturally rich community that knows how to celebrate the experience of sport. Our 2002 Olympic Winter Games remain the standard against which all other Olympic Winter Games are measured.”

Vivint Smart Home Area will be the main site for the multi-event weekend. Other events will happen at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus, and The Complex.

If the Jazz hosted the game in 2023, it would be the 30th anniversary of the 1993 NBA All-Star Game in Salt Lake City when Karl Malone and John Stockton were named co-MVPs.

“The 1993 NBA All-Star Game was memorable for many reasons. Our new arena was just two years old, and we were so proud to welcome the NBA family into our new home,” Greg Miller, NBA Board of Governors member said. “It is with great excitement and anticipation that we now invite the NBA to return this celebration of our sport back to Salt Lake City for a game elevated.”

The Jazz also pointed out the billion-dollar expansion of the Salt Lake International Airport, the city's experience hosting the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and the Sundance Film Festival as selling points for the bid.

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