Statement Regarding the 2021 NBA All-Star Game (Aug. 17, 2020)
"Ever since Larry Bird personally delivered the Indiana Pacers' bid to host NBA All-Star 2021 in a gold Indy car, the excitement of the entire State of Indiana to host NBA All-Star 2021 has been undeniable.
As you are aware, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019-20 NBA season was delayed. More than four months later, the league restarted the season, which is on pace to be completed in October. In fact, the Playoffs tip off today and your Indiana Pacers take on the Miami Heat in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first-round series tomorrow, Aug. 18.
Given the uncertainty surrounding the schedule for the 2020-21 NBA season, the NBA informed its hotel partners in Indianapolis that NBA All-Star 2021 is unlikely to take place on Presidents' Day weekend so that they could make other arrangements. More information about next season's schedule, including NBA All-Star, will be announced at a later date.
Many thanks for your continued support. We look forward to reengaging with you as more information is available."
Statement from Pacers Sports & Entertainment President/COO Rick Fuson (Aug. 17, 2020)
"We have been working with the NBA since 2017 to bring our fans and our city this world-class event, just as we did when we last hosted in 1985. While it appears NBA All-Star 2021 is unlikely to happen on Presidents' Day weekend, we are excited about continuing to collaborate with the NBA as we look to the future."