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Portland eliminated from hosting 2017 NBA All-Star game

Feb 19, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

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The NBA traditionally awards its All-Star weekend to cities that have state-of-the art facilities to host the mammoth event, along with enough hotel rooms and convention center space to accommodate the thousands of media, both domestically and internationally, who descend to cover the festivities.

Portland has a rabid fan base with a seemingly insatiable appetite for basketball, but despite the city’s best efforts, it simply is not ready from an infrastructure standpoint to handle the insanity that All-Star weekend brings.

While they tried once again to bid for the next available slot, the league has determined that the city isn’t well-equipped enough to host the event just yet.

From Chris Haynes of

The Portland Trail Blazers have made it known that the city of Portland wishes to host NBA All-Star Weekend. …

But according to a league source, 2017 is now out of the question for Portland due to the tirelessly slow process of getting a Hyatt Regency convention-size hotel approved which would reside at the Oregon Convention Center.

Funding and hotel competitors appear to be the main obstacles holding the project up. A city official told that they do expect to eventually break ground on the project, but adds that now the earliest the hotel can be constructed is in the year 2017.

The next two All-Star weekends will be hosted in New York city in 2015 (shared by the Knicks and the Nets), followed by Toronto in 2016.

The 2017 event is still up for grabs, but it won’t be in Portland until they can get that hotel project completely sorted out.

  1. DonRSD - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Bring it to Miami.
    Hasn’t been here in 25 years and counting.

    Who does t want to be down here in February 😉

  2. brianjoates - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    It needs to come back to the capital of the United states,again. Bring it back to chocolate city!!! The city is built to host major much to do and offer.

  3. jbink2585 - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Philly be nice im 29 I don’t remember this city having anything but the MLB ALL Star game we do.

    • jcmeyer10 - Feb 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      X-Games. Haha

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 19, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      It was in Philadelphia in 2002. Kobe Bryant won the All-Star MVP in his hometown

  4. jbink2585 - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:20 PM


  5. azarkhan - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Bet they’re sad about losing out on hosting that snoozefest.

  6. hildezero - Feb 19, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Damn… That’s kinda surprising since Adidas (NBA partners) have one of their headquarters there. You gotta give NBA props for not letting that phase them.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 19, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      Wow. When you think Portland, you think adidas instead of Nike?

      • hildezero - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:38 PM

        What? Nah. Shut up. Did I say, “When I think of Portland, I think of Adidas!” XD Putting words in my mouth… lol

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:20 PM

        It’s just strange you mentioned adidas with their relatively small regional headquarters there instead of Nike and their massive global headquarters.

  7. jcmeyer10 - Feb 19, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Went to Portland about a year and a half ago. Loved the city but can’t imagine that kind of event happening there.

    No place to put all the junky drifters.

  8. chunkala - Feb 19, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    I’ll never understand how everyone can be part of the same league but only certain cities can hold All-Star Games/Super Bowls, etc. It either should be on a rotating basis between all teams or cities like Portland, etc. should get a greater % share of the event revenue.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 19, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Portland, Sacramento, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Toronto and Brooklyn are the only NBA cities that have not hosted an NBA All-Star Game, so the game rotates around plenty. Toronto and Brooklyn will both be hosting in the next couple years. Just like any other major event, like conventions or what have you, you need the proper infrastructure to host. If Portland builds this hotel I’m sure they’ll get the game soon enough. But at the end of the day, cities like New Orleans, Los Angeles, Miami, etc. will still end up getting more, because to be honest, the All-Star Game is basically a vacation for everyone involved (players, coaches, media) and would you rather vacation in the South or the North in the middle of February?

      • eugenesaxe1 - Feb 19, 2014 at 6:35 PM

        As a Portland-area resident, you make a very valid point. The term “seasonal affective disorder” exists for a reason: the Pacific Northwest.

  9. swu32733 - Feb 19, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Portland is a second tier city. Like Sacramento or. Salt Lake City. NBA all star game belongs in a major league city.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      You’re a second-tier city.

  10. mrlaloosh - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Bring it to Memphis! Everybody could visit Graceland and…………never mind.

    • jcmeyer10 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      I went to Memphis in November and the BBQ was good but yah, that city ain’t ready. FedEx Forum was a very nice arena but the surrounding areas just don’t have enough going on. Beal Street is a shell of itself.

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