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LA gets NBA All-Star Game for record sixth time in 2018

The Staples Center hosted the game in 2004 and 2011.
By Doug G. Ware   |   Updated March 23, 2016 at 8:14 AM

LOS ANGELES, March 22 (UPI) -- The City of Angels on Tuesday won the right to host the National Basketball Association's All-Star game for the sixth time -- a record -- in 2018, the league announced.

Los Angeles' Staples Center, home to both the Lakers and Clippers, was chosen to host the 67th annual edition of the game on Feb. 18, 2018.

The mid-season all-star contest was previously played at the Staples Center in 2011 and 2004, at the old Forum in Inglewood in 1983 and 1972, and the Los Angeles Sports Arena in 1963. New York City has hosted the event five times.

"Los Angeles is known for first-class hospitality and entertainment, making it the perfect host for NBA All-Star," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday. "The city is home to some of the most passionate basketball fans in addition to extraordinary facilities, including Staples Center and LA Live."

"All-Star in Los Angeles will bring worldwide attention, thousands of fans and over $100 million of economic activity to our City," Anschutz Entertainment Group President Dan Beckerman added.

The arena will also host NBA's All-Star Saturday Night, which features events like the three-point shootout and slam-dunk contest.

"Los Angeles is one of the world's great basketball cities -- a place where players become legends and great NBA moments last forever," Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

Los Angeles was chosen over Miami and Indianapolis for the 2018 game, USA Today reported. The 2017 game will be played in Charlotte, N.C.

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