CLEVELAND-- The NBA and the Cavaliers announced Cleveland will host the 2022 All-Star Game during a news conference on Thursday. It will be the 75th NBA All-Star Game.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was joined by Cavs chairman Dan Gilbert and CEO Len Komoroski, as well as other Cleveland and Cuyahoga County officials.
"There is real symmetry to 2022 because in 1997, and I was with the league at the time and I was here, when we had the 50th All-Star Game and celebrated the 50 greatest players in the league at the time, and it was very memorable," Silver said. "We'll make this another remarkable, outstanding event in NBA history."
He touted the ongoing transformation to Quicken Loans Arena. The Q, then called Gund Arena, opened in 1994 and is the oldest publicly-owned arena in the NBA.
The two-year, $185 million project includes expanded public spaces and concourses, multi-media upgrades, and renovated clubs and suites. The Cavs committed $115 million.
“We knew the transformation would bring more jobs here, we knew it would keep the Cavs here though 2024, hopefully longer," Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish said. "Our investment is already paying off with the NBA All-Star Game.”
Budish said the game is expected to bring in $100 million to the area.
Cleveland was a contender for the 2021 game, but the league opted for Indianapolis. Charlotte and Chicago will host the 2019 and 2020 games, respectively.