Get pumped! The NBA All-Star 2016 is coming and for the 125th anniversary of the birth of basketball, the series is headed to Toronto, Canada! It will be the first NBA All-Star to be held outside of the United States. A couple weeks ago the NBA unveiled the logo for the NBA All-Star 2016 which proudly displays the iconic CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere and the crown jewel of Toronto’s skyline.
The gorgeous city of Toronto will come alive (more than it already is) on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 when the NBA All-Star brings Eastern and Western Conferences at the Air Canada Centre, home of the Raptors.
The Air Canada Centre has earned quite a reputation for being one of the top entertainment facilities in the world. Since its introduction in 1999 the Air Canada Centre has hosted over 36 million fans at 2,500 events, and is consistently ranked amongst the top sport and music venue in the North America and the world. The Air Canada Centre is currently ranked #2 in USA/Canada and #4 Worldwide by Billboard Magazine, #3 in USA/Canada and #5 Worldwide by Venues Today, and #4 in USA/Canada and #13 Worldwide by Pollstar.
Ball is Life
Fun Fact: Basketball actually started in Canada, by James Naismith, who originated the game in 1891, beginning the nation's rich history with the sport.
Toronto also hosted the first game in NBA history on Nov. 1, 1946, at Maple Leaf Gardens. The logo, designed in collaboration with the Raptors, integrates the CN Tower silhouette with the team's red, white and black colors. Additional secondary logos include a signature NBA "star" logo inside a dynamic maple leaf and an All-Star toque logo, featuring a clawed star, which pays tribute to the popular accessory worn during Canada's winter months.
Air Canada Centre
Ranked in the top five major concert venues worldwide, this behemoth continuously attracts the best talent in both sporting and live events. Air Canada Centre is Canada's premiere sports and entertainment venue and home to the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club, Toronto Raptors basketball club, and the Toronto Rock lacrosse team.
NBA All-Star 2016
In 2016, the All-Star competitions will get underway on Friday, Feb. 12, with the Sprint All-Star Celebrity Game and the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, a game featuring the league's top rookies and second-year players.
Saturday's festivities will feature:
- State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, an all-inclusive skills showcase comprised of the Degree Shooting Stars, a competition featuring NBA and WNBA players, and NBA legends
- Taco Bell Skills Challenge, a contest of top guards working against the clock to complete a series of passes, free throws, layups and agility drills
- Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, a longstanding staple of the evening
- Sprite Slam Dunk contest, the event's grand finale, showcasing the NBA's most athletic players as they take to the air, mystifying fans with their gravity defying creativity.
Sunday's will also feature the Sprint Pregame Concert before the 65th NBA All-Star Game.
Parking @ Air Canada Centre
The only parking available at the Air Canada Centre is for suite holders or for accessibility requirements. If you’d like to inquire about an accessible spot, please click here. There are thousands of spots in the surrounding areas of the Air Canada Centre. There is also indoor parking at Maple Leaf Square. Transportation is available for all NBA Events’ Official Ticket Package holders.
Off to Canada, Eh?
Official Ticket Packages to the NBA All-Star 2016 are now on sale! Get all of the non-stop action and thrill that comes with NBA Events as well as incredible exclusive access you won’t find anywhere else. Secure luxurious hospitality, NBA Legend meet & greet opportunities, and accommodation in Toronto’s finest hotels!