NBA announces the Phoenix Suns will host the 2027 All-Star Game


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The 2027 NBA All-Star Game is set to take place in Phoenix, as announced by the league on Thursday. This marks a significant event for the city, coming roughly one year after owner Mat Ishbia acquired the franchise. 

Phoenix will be hosting the All-Star Game for the fourth time, with previous occurrences in 1975, 1995, and 2009. Mat Ishbia expressed his enthusiasm, describing Phoenix as one of the premier basketball cities in the country. 

He looks forward to welcoming everyone and aims to make the weekend an unforgettable experience. Ishbia's acquisition of the Suns and the Phoenix Mercury from Robert Sarver in December 2022, for approximately $4 billion, marked a new era for the teams. Since taking over, Ishbia wasted no time in making impactful moves, including a notable trade for Kevin Durant. His ambitious approach has earned him popularity among fans.

"In 2027, our NBA All-Star festivities will shine a spotlight on Phoenix's passion for basketball," stated NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. "We're thrilled to collaborate with Mat Ishbia and the entire Suns organization, and we anticipate an unforgettable celebration of our beloved sport."

For years, the NBA's All-Star weekend has been a cultural sensation, despite the game's declining competitiveness. The Eastern Conference's 211-186 victory over the Western Conference on Feb. 18 in Indianapolis set a new record for points scored in an All-Star game.

Nevertheless, the Suns eagerly seized the opportunity to host this midseason showcase.

"It's fiercely competitive — every city vies for it," remarked Josh Bartelstein, CEO of the Suns and Mercury. "Therefore, we're deeply honored to secure it. Now, the real work begins."

The 2025 All-Star Game will be in San Francisco while the 2026 game will be in Inglewood, California.

Phoenix also hosts the WNBA All-Star Game this summer.

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