North America’s National Basketball Association (NBA) has named Los Angeles as the host city of the 2026 All-Star game.
The event will be hosted at the Intuit Dome in Inglewood, which will be the new home of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, marking the 75th NBA All-Star game, and the record seventh in LA.
The Clippers worked with the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission to bring the event to the city.
All-Star events at the Intuit Dome will take place from February 13 to 15, starting with NBA Rising Stars, the annual showcase for top rookies and second-year NBA players, followed by the All-Star Saturday Night event featuring the Skills Challenge, the Three-Point Challenge, and Slam Dunk contest on February 14, culminating with the All-Star game itself on February 15.
In addition to events at the Dome, the NBA will also host festivities around Los Angeles, including at the Kia Forum (also owned by Clippers owner Steve Ballmer) and the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The events, such as the NBA All-Star practice, the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and an NBA All-Star fan fest, will feature basketball programming, entertainment, and access to NBA players, legends, and celebrities.
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Finally, the NBA will also hold NBA Cares community events through the weekend, partnering with schools, as well as local and national non-profit organizations, providing resources to the programs.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said: “The Intuit Dome promises to present a unique and innovative live basketball experience which will be an extraordinary venue for the NBA All-Star game in 2026.”
Ballmer added: “We are building Intuit Dome to house and showcase the best basketball players in the world, and we are honored they will all be under our roof for NBA All-Star.”
Intuit Dome, which is set to open in August 2024, will be a multi-purpose venue in addition to being the new home arena of the LA Clippers.
In 2021, the franchise entered into a major strategic partnership for 23 years with global financial technology platform Intuit, with the firm securing naming rights to the Clippers’ new Inglewood arena.
Intuit will provide signage in and around the 18,000-seat arena, which in total is costing close to $1.2 billion and is scheduled to open for the start of the 2024-25 campaign.
The Clippers presently are tenants at the AEG-owned Crypto.com Arena which is shared with the Los Angeles Lakers and the NHL's Los Angeles Kings. In 2013, the franchise signed a 10-year extension of the lease, keeping them at the venue until 2024.