NEW YORK—Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose 12 years at the helm of New York City are coming to a close stepped to a lectern at Industria Superstudio and announced the only thing he thought better than either Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden hosting NBA All-Star 2015: both arenas sharing one weekend's events.
"We're going to sell out Barclays Center on Friday and Saturday nights."
—NBA Commissioner David Stern
Barclays Center will host the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night – including the Sears Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and Sprite Slam Dunk. The 64th NBA All-Star Game will be played at MSG.
"I think this validates everything we've been working for these last three years," said Irina Pavlova, President of ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment USA.
NBA Commissioner David Stern and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said to expect events in all five boroughs during a full week of activities. Stern considers All-Star 2015 an opportunity to further show the world that Brooklyn is a "distinct and enjoyable" part of New York City.
Bruce Ratner, Chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies and developer of Barclays Center, views this as a shared opportunity between businessmen who get along in private, despite the public rivalry – one that all sides view as a positive for the city.
"We look forward to an incredible weekend in 2015," Ratner said. "It is my honor to be here at this wonderful celebration."