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Utah Jazz and Salt Lake City to host 2023 NBA All-Star Game

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The Beehive State will host All-Star festivities for the first time since 1993.

The All-Star game will be coming back to Utah in 2023 after a 30 year absence. Adam Silver paid the Beehive State a visit to announce the return with Steve Starks, Thurl Bailey, Gail Miller, Governor Gary Herbert, and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski in attendance. The logo for the festivities will be a Star with the Jazz logo sort of imposed onto it. The last time the Utah Jazz hosted the All-Star Game, John Stockton and Karl Malone shared the MVP honors.

“It is my pleasure to announce the 2023 All-Star Game will take place here, in Salt Lake City,”Adam Silver said of the Jazz hosting the All-Star Game. “Big-time events are part of this city’s DNA.”

Other than it being about damn time, Adam Silver credited Salt Lake City’s successful history of hosting large events like the Olympics—and on budget, I might add—and the Jazz’s revamped arena as reason why Salt Lake City won.

“It’s wonderful how a few simple words can make us so happy in Utah,” Gail Miller said of the All-Star Game announcement—and not Utah Liquor laws. “From the day we bought the team, we considered [the Jazz] a community asset.”

It’s good to see Utah getting to host such an amazing event. Governor Gary Herbert said the event will drive a lot of revenue into the city—to the tune of $45M-$50M. That’s a lot of cheddar.

It’s been a long time, but Salt Lake City (The City Of Utah) is ready to put on a good show.