69th NBA All-Star Game

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 16: Players react to a call during the 69th NBA All-Star Game on February 16, 2020 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

The National Basketball Association announced Thursday that the 2021 NBA All-Star will be held in Atlanta.

The league’s annual global celebration of the game will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 7 at the at State Farm Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks. 

“Yea it’s a good idea because of all of the fans and precautions that we take,” one fan told CBS46 News Tori Cooper. 

Fans outside of state farm arena said they are anticipating fourth quarter excitement among the best in the game, while Hawks players inside shared their feedback on the plans.

“I guess it’s not the greatest thing on the planet but good luck,” Hawks Player Cameron Raddish said.

“NBA All-Star in Atlanta will continue our annual tradition of celebrating the game and the greatest players in the world before a global audience.  In addition to the festivities on the court, the All-Star Game will honor the vital role HBCUs play in our communities and focus attention and resources on COVID-19 relief, particularly for the most vulnerable," said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. 

The NBA laid out strict safety protocols for the March 7 event in a memo released this week. Each player is allowed up to four guest, all of which must travel by private jet or car and quarantine for seven days prior to the game.

Players and guest must stay in their hotel when they are not in the arena. Players will be tested for COVID-19 the night before the game and the morning off.

 “I don’t even understand why were having an All Star Game,” Lebron James told the media.

 Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms, also expressed concerns over the event, in her statement she urged fans not to travel here and businesses not to promote events or parties. 

According to the NBA players are required to be here one day before the event, and they will be tested before they leave to ensure they are safe to return to their regular teams.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms released the following statement:

"Under normal circumstances, we would be extremely grateful for the opportunity to host the NBA All-Star game, but this is not a typical year. I have shared my concerns related to public health and safety with the NBA and Atlanta Hawks. We are in agreement that this is a made-for-TV event only, and people should not travel to Atlanta to party. There will be no NBA sanctioned events open to the public and we strongly encourage promoters, clubs, bars, etc. not to host events in the city related to this game."

 

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