What You Need to Know About NBA All-Star 2017

    By Victoria Barnett


    With all the hype around NBA All-Star 2017, we want to give you a full rundown of everything you need to know surrounding the event! Take a look below at the location, ticket options, NBA Legend appearances, schedule of events, travel tips and more.

    This post will be updated as more information is provided.


    Smoothie King Center – New Orleans, Louisiana

    Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, Louisiana


    February 17-19, 2017

    NBA Legend Appearances

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    Dominique Wilkins | Dikembe Mutombo | Dell Curry | Muggsy Bogues | Bruce Bowen | Gary Payton

    Learn more about the NBA Legends and how you can meet them.

    Schedule of Events

    A more detailed schedule of events for NBA All-Star 2017 will be updated soon. Please stay tuned.

    Friday, Feb. 17

    All times Eastern (ET)

    7 p.m. | NBA All-Star Celebrity Game | Mercedes-Benz Superdome

    9 p.m. | BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge | Smoothie King Center

    Saturday, Feb. 18

    All times Eastern (ET)

    12 p.m. | NBA All-Star Practice | Mercedes-Benz Superdome

    2:30 p.m. | NBA D-League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire | Mercedes-Benz Superdome

    8:30 p.m. | State Farm All-Star Saturday Night | Smoothie King Center

    Sunday, Feb. 19

    All times Eastern (ET)

    8 p.m. | 66th NBA All-Star Game | Smoothie King Center

    Learn more about the weekend’s events.

    NBA All-Star 2017 Halftime Show

    The NBA announced that 10-time Grammy® Award-winning recording artist John Legend will headline the 66th NBA All-Star Game halftime show. Legend has received global recognition with 10 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. He recently released a new album, “Darkness and Light,” which features his new hit single, “Love Me Now.”

    About the NBA All-Star Game

    The NBA All-Star Game, hosted annually by the NBA, is an exhibition game featuring the league’s best players from the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. Twelve players – five starters and seven reserves – are selected from each conference. The starting lineup for each team is selected by fans, NBA players and NBA media. The reserves are selected by NBA head coaches. The NBA All-Star Game began in 1951 at Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Over the years, the East has dominated the West 37-28.

    NBA All-Star Voting

    For the first time ever, NBA players and media will join fans in choosing the starters for the NBA All-Star Game. Fans will account for 50% of the vote. Current players and a panel of basketball media will account for 25 percent each.

    Players and media can only complete one full ballot. NBA fans may submit one full ballot each day through NBA.com, the NBA App, Twitter, Facebook and Google Search. 

    Voting began Sunday, December 25, 2016 and ends Monday, January 16, 2017. Here is how to vote for your NBA All-Star Starters. 


    Travel Tips

    • Book your plane tickets soon – you’ll want to fly into Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. It’s located roughly 15 miles east of downtown New Orleans.
    • Try the local cuisine – you’ll find plenty of places with Creole and Cajun specialties.
    • Pack for the weather – winter in New Orleans is relatively mild. Last year, temperatures in the middle of February reached a high of about 75°F and a low of about 45°F. The evenings can get chilly so bring a jacket.
    • Plan to visit the French Quarter.
    • Bring your walking shoes.
    • Bring casual attire for the day and casual-dressy attire for the evenings – some restaurants in the French Quarter require men to wear a jacket and tie.
    • To get around the city, travel by streetcar or bus – if you decide to drive within the city, keep in mind that parking in the French Quarter is tight.

    How to Get Tickets to NBA All-Star 2017

    Two words. NBA Events.

    The best way to attend NBA All-Star 2017 is with an all-inclusive ticket package via NBA Events, an Official partner of the NBA. Packages include a wide variety of seating options, food & beverage options, NBA Legend meet-and-greets, and more.

    Compare NBA Events ticket packages.

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    About the Bloggers

     Victoria Barnett

    QE-2016_Headshot-Victoria-Barnett.pngVictoria Barnett is originally from High Point, NC. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies and minors in Business and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys watching baseball, baking and hanging out with her golden retriever, Kaaya. She loves to travel to Florida and is a die-hard Miami Hurricanes fan. 


    Darragh Farrelly

    410-Blogger-Darragh-Farrelly-48eb94555a7e887e43b7859670f8fa79Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Darragh made the move to North Carolina a little over three years ago. An avid sports fan, he earned his BA in Journalism from Griffith College Dublin, which led him to various roles covering sports in Ireland. When he's not watching the New England Patriots win, Darragh enjoys going to concerts and following the English Premier League.

    Allie Shriver

    409-Blogger-Allie-Shriver-e536dee79691b3447e6d05ac1df44749Allie Shriver is a North Carolina native. A proud graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she received a B.A. in Communication Studies. In her spare time, Allie enjoys hanging out at the beach, watching football, and exploring new cities. As a die-hard football fan, you can catch Allie at local sports bar cheering on the New York Giants and frantically checking her Fantasy Football scores.  

    Kristen Doolan

    Kristen Doolan was born and raised a Florida State Seminole. Making her way from Florida to North Carolina, Kristen achieved her B.S. in Business Adminstration, Marketing at The University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is an avid traveler, college football addict, beach bum and loves spending time with her family and friends. 

    Jazzy Morgan

    Jazzy Morgan is originally from London, England. She grew up in Connecticut and made the move down south in 2011. She attended Winthrop University where she received her B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences and a minor in Marketing. Jazzy enjoys traveling, working out, reading Vogue & Cosmo, keeping up with fashion trends and watching her favorite soccer team, Manchester United.