Utah Jazz to Bring Unique Local Programming to NBA All-Star 2023

Grit Rail Jam Snowboarding Event, The Shop Salt Lake City Pop-Up Retail Experience, Cactus Jack Concert Series at The Depot, and the Utah Jazz Catapult Exhibit at the Children’s Museum Enhance the Downtown Atmosphere during the City-Wide All-Star Celebration

While basketball will take center stage in Utah for NBA All-Star 2023, a myriad of off-the-court activities presented by the Utah Jazz will contribute to the Salt Lake City celebration during NBA All-Star 2023 from Feb. 17-19.

“As a marquee event for the league, the NBA All-Star 2023 program is filled with a series of basketball competitions and fan activations, and the Utah Jazz are adding another level of entertainment that will expand the party even further to the west side of downtown, making it a truly city-wide celebration,” said Utah Jazz President Jim Olson. “With more programming, there will be more opportunities for local residents and out-of-state visitors alike to have memorable experiences and soak up the electric atmosphere of All-Star weekend.”

Through its parent company Smith Entertainment Group, the Utah Jazz have partnered with Cactus Jack – the record label and brand from multi-platinum hip hop artist Travis Scott – to produce several activations.

Grit Rail Jam, presented by the Utah Sports Commission, Utah Jazz, and Cactus Jack, is a free-to-attend, daytime snowboarding competition that will take place at the Olympic Legacy Plaza at The Gateway. The two-day event, organized by Jeremy Jones in partnership with Scott, will feature amateur riders on the rails from 2-5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17. Professional athletes, along with the top female and male amateur riders from Friday, will compete from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 with medals and cash prizes on the line. Scott will be in attendance during the Saturday competition to cheer on the finalists.

The Shop Salt Lake City – an innovative pop-up retail experience at The Gateway – will bring activations from Cactus Jack, MRKT, StockX, The Webster Miami, CounterPoint, and Mitchell & Ness featuring SLAM and Thrifthood. Curated by fashion veteran Calyann Barnett in partnership with the Jazz, The Shop Salt Lake City will be located at 16 N. Rio Grande and be open to the public from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Feb. 16-18 and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Feb. 19.

The Depot will be the venue for the Cactus Jack Concert Series, which has been specially curated by Scott and will take place Feb. 17-18. Don Toliver and Sheck Wes will take the stage on Friday, Feb. 17, and special artists to headline the series on Saturday, Feb. 18 will be announced shortly. Chase B is the concert series DJ. The concert series will begin at 8 p.m. both evenings at The Depot, located at 13 North 400 West at The Gateway. Tickets will go on sale through The Depot via this link starting Friday, Feb. 3. 

Additionally, the Utah Jazz All-Star Alliance and the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum have partnered to build the Utah Jazz Catapult that launches basketballs at a hoop by stomping on a foot lever in a study of force, momentum, and gravity. Now open in advance of NBA All-Star 2023, the catapult will be a permanent, legacy exhibit as part of regular admission to the museum.