In just over two months, sports and culture will collide in Charlotte for the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend happening Friday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 17. While tickets to the All-Star Game may be hard to come by, the NBA has announced a lineup of fan-favorite events with tickets starting at $15.
All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles
Friday, Feb. 15
We watched Team Clippers beat Team Lakers in the 2018 matchup, thanks to rapper Quavo, who scored 19 points and was named Most Valuable Player. Who will take the trophy this year? Watch some of your favorite celebrities from music, TV and film take the court alongside some of your favorite NBA legends and WNBA players.
MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars
Friday, Feb. 15
Who’s making it onto this year’s roster of the NBA’s best rookies and sophomores? Once again, players will compete in a U.S. vs. World format. Team World convincingly beat Team USA in last year’s meeting, 155-124.
NBA All-Star Practice & Media Day
Saturday, Feb. 16
Media Day begins at 9:30 a.m.; NBA All-Star Game practice at 12 p.m.
These two events are combined this year with a portion of sales going to nonprofit journalism organizations. Fans can look on as more than 20 of the league’s biggest stars are interviewed by the media, and then stick around to watch players and coaches practice for Sunday’s game. And because you need content for the ‘gram, there will also be opportunities for photos and autographs.
NBA All-Star at Epicentre
Friday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 17
12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Throughout the weekend, fans and onlookers can head to Uptown for a free fan fest featuring NBA players, virtual reality demos and more. Put it on your calendar to check out NBA Crossover, a showcase highlighting the intersection of the NBA and pop culture through art, fashion, music, tech and entertainment.
You’ll have to wait until January before details about the 2019 NBA All-Star Game start rolling out. Team captains and starters are scheduled to be announced on Jan. 24. For more information and tickets, visit NBAevents.com.
Will we get another gem like Fergie’s national anthem serenade to kick off the premier event of the weekend? One can only dream!
Katrina Louis is managing editor of qcitymetro.com who can always find something to do in Charlotte. She’s an offline hustler (and has the shirt to prove it) but when online, find her on Instagram and Twitter.