If you can’t get someone from your team voted to the All-Star game then you just bring the All-Star game to your state. That’s what Utah is doing. According to Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News, the Utah Jazz are looking to host the NBA All-Star game in 2022 or 2023—provided the world lasts that long.
The Jazz are preparing to formally submit a bid during the next two to three weeks to host the festivities in 2022 or 2023.
“We like 2023 because it’ll be 30 years since we hosted so we like the symmetry of that,” said Jazz president Steve Starks.
“We’ve been working with the league on that so it’s something we’re excited to do with the investments into the organization and into facilities,” he added.
Jazz executive Don Stirling, VP of community and special events Kari Holt Larson, and Clay Partain of Visit Salt Lake have been heavily involved in putting together a compelling bid. The goal is to tell the unique story of Salt Lake City while dispelling some misconceptions.
“Compared to 30 years ago, our infrastructure is completely different,” said Starks. “So, the number of hotel rooms, we can check that box. The airport will be completed by then so we’ll have a billion dollar-plus renovation to the airport, we’ll have TRAX even further mature than it is now.”
For those who don’t remember the last time the Jazz hosted the All-Star game (or weren’t alive then), the uniforms were amazing with Karl Malone and John Stockton both winning MVP honors. I must say, this would be an amazing time if Utah could host it. The city is completely different and could help with Utah’s future recruiting efforts.