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Dallas selected as site of 2010 All-Star Game

By Official Release
Posted Oct 30 2008 6:28PM

DALLAS -- Dallas has been selected as the site of NBA All-Star 2010, Commissioner David Stern, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones jointly announced today during a press conference outside the American Airlines Center.

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Following the mantra that "everything is bigger in Texas," the 59th NBA All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, which will have a seating capacity in excess of 80,000. This collaboration between the NBA, and the ownership groups of the Mavericks and Cowboys, will afford all Mavericks season ticket holders a chance to partake in the pageantry of the NBA All-Star Game. The T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and NBA All-Star Saturday Night festivities will take place at American Airlines Center, home of the Mavericks. 2010 will mark the first time the All-Star competitions are split between two venues since Houston in 1989 when The Summit hosted All-Star Saturday Night and the Astrodome hosted Sunday's All-Star Game.

"Dallas is a vibrant city with a passionate sports fan base that will embrace the NBA All-Star experience," said Stern. "We appreciate the collaborative efforts of Mark Cuban and Jerry Jones on what will surely be one of the most memorable basketball events of all time."

This will be the 25th year that Turner Sports features NBA All-Star coverage, and the eighth consecutive year the All-Star Game is televised in prime time. The All-Star Game will be seen by a worldwide television audience in more than 200 countries and will be broadcast in more than 40 languages.

"This is an exciting announcement for the Dallas Mavericks, the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth and most importantly Mavs fans," said Cuban. "The partnership of the Mavs, NBA and the Dallas Cowboys will create an amazing weekend of fun and excitement with the pinnacle being the NBA All-Star Game in front of the largest crowd to ever see a basketball game."

"The NBA All-Star Game coming to the Cowboys new stadium is a testament to the vision and passion that Mark Cuban brings to sports,' said Jones. "We're proud to be partners with Mark, the Mavericks and the NBA, and we know that North Texas will be a first class host for this world class event."

Dallas is no stranger to NBA All-Star, as Reunion Arena played host to the event in 1986, when Eastern Conference Coach K. C. Jones guided his squad to a 139-132 victory.

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