The New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets will co-host the National Basketball Association’s 2015 All-Star weekend, with the game held at Madison Square Garden for the first time in 16 years.
NBA Commissioner David Stern said in February during the All-Star weekend in Houston that both New York and Brooklyn submitted applications to stage the midseason festivities, which will be held in New Orleans in February 2014.
Michael Jordan won the last of his three All-Star Game Most Valuable Player awards in 1998 at Madison Square Garden, home of the Knicks in Manhattan.
The Garden is undergoing a $1 billion privately funded renovation. The Nets moved into the $1 billion Barclays Center before last season, relocating from Newark, New Jersey.
“New York offers an extraordinary opportunity to host NBA All-Star events at two world-class venues,” Stern said in a statement. “We look forward to celebrating our game with basketball fans across the entire city, in all five boroughs.”
Brooklyn will host the Saturday events, which include the slam dunk and 3-point shooting contests. The All-Star Game is Sunday.
The league last split All-Star events in 2010, when the Saturday events were held in American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks, and the game was held at the stadium of the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys.
Major League Baseball held its annual All-Star Game at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, in July. The New York area will host the 2014 Super Bowl, the National Football League’s championship game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the first time the game will be played outdoors in a cold-weather site.