CHARLOTTE, NC (AP/WWAY) – The NBA All-Star game will be coming to Charlotte in 2019, two years after the city was to host the event.
The NBA announced Wednesday the game will be played at Spectrum Center, home of the Charlotte Hornets.
The All-Star game had been set for Charlotte last February, but the NBA moved the game to New Orleans because of the state law restricting the rights of LGBT people.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a release that while he understands the concerns of those who say the repeal of the HB2 law didn’t go far enough, “the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law.”
Silver said this will also allow them to work with the leadership of the Hornets organization to apply a set of equality principles to ensure that every All-Star event will proceed with open access and anti-discrimination policies.
“Today’s NBA announcement is positive news for Charlotte. Hosting the All-Star Game will pump millions of dollars into our economy and provide an incredible showcase for our state, but it will also remind us of the work that remains to ensure equal rights and protections for all North Carolinians, ” said Gov. Roy Cooper in a statement. “I’m glad the NBA recognizes the progress we’ve made and will continue to be a partner as we push for statewide LGBT protections.”
The All-Star weekend festivities in Charlotte are set for Feb. 15-17, 2019.