The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets have been vying for the rights to the All-Star weekend festivities for several years now. The Nets boast a new stadium in Brooklyn and the Knicks a renovated but historic arena in Manhattan — and both franchises want to show off their impressive grounds. Both will get that opportunity in February of 2015 when the two franchises co-host the NBA All-Star festivities.
It’s not unheard of for a city to divvy up the laurels among franchises: in 2010, Dallas, Texas hosted — the three point shootout and dunk contest were held at the American Airlines center where the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks play; the actual All-Star Game was held at the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboy’s stadium — where an announced crowd of 108,713 made it the highest all-time attendance record for the sport.
In 2015, Madison Square Garden will host the game itself while the other festivities and competitions will be held across the East River in Brooklyn. The two arenas hover around seating capacities of 20,000 and will not come near the buzz of the 2010 game, but NYC is the mecca of basketball, and Madison Square Garden is its world-famous temple.
The two franchises have been fast-tracked into a heated rivalry since the Nets move from New Jersey to Brooklyn — but for one weekend they will work together. The 2014 event will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, home of the newly named New Orleans Pelicans. And 2016 has been given to Toronto at the Air Canada Centre, home of the Toronto Raptors. All-Star Weekend may not make a real impact on the season, but players are likely already counting down to 2015.