The ultimate guide to the NBA All-Star Weekend—from parties to street closures

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It’s here, Charlotte. This week, everyone from Floyd Mayweather to LeBron James will be in Charlotte for the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend, with events Friday through Sunday at Spectrum Center.

The NBA is expecting 150,000 people. Get ready for athlete sightings, parties and lots of traffic.

Here’s your guide to it all:

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NBA All-Star Events:

NBA All-Star Celebrity Game (SOLD OUT)

Date: Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.

Where: Bojangles’ Coliseum

Details: Former Carolina Panthers star Steve Smith, Migos rapper Quavo and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Ray Allen are just a few of the celebrities and athletes that will take to the court for the 2019 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

Coverage: ESPN

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Kemba Walker shoots during the NBA All-Star Game on February 19, 2017, at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

NBA MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars

Date: Friday, Feb. 15 at 9 p.m.

Where: Spectrum Center

Details: Fans will have the opportunity to watch the league’s top first and second-year players compete. Rising stars in the past have included Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Buy tickets here.

NBA All-Star Practice (SOLD OUT)

Date: Saturday, Feb. 16 at 12 p.m.

Where: Bojangles Coliseum

Courtesy of the NBA

NBA All-Star Slam Dunk and 3-Point Shootout

Date: Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m.

Where: Spectrum Center

Buy tickets here.

NBA All-Star Game

Date: Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.

Where: Spectrum Center

Buy tickets here.

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Fans will be able to get in more on the action at some of the Epicentre events happening throughout the weekend. Some of these events include:

  • NBA Crossover: This intimate space will showcase the convergence of the NBA and pop culture through the art, fashion, music, technology and entertainment that surround the game.
  • NBA players and talent appearances
  • Immersive virtual reality demonstrations
  • Art and memorabilia displays
  • NBA Store: A Fanatics Experience
  • Apparel customization

The events are free, but registration is a must.

Traffic:

Charlotte will have more than 150,000 visitors coming in for the event —which means everywhere from Uptown to Independence Boulevard will be packed.

“We do expect the scope and scale of this event to be quite large in comparison to other sporting events and we expect that to be felt across the city, not just the center city, but to SouthPark and south Charlotte,” Laura Hill White, communications director at the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, told The Charlotte Observer’s Bruce Henderson.

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Street and transportation closures that weekend include:

  • Streets around Spectrum will close Wednesday night.
  • CATS’ Uptown Transportation Center will be relocated from Friday morning through Monday morning.
  • The Lynx Blue Line will run through the weekend with extra security measures.
  • The Gold Line streetcar service won’t run during the weekend.

Our top 5 All-Star parties:

Welcome to Charlotte Block Party

When: Thursday, Feb. 14

What: The Money Team and Floyd “Money” Mayweather will be hosting the Block Party consisting of 4 clubs in South End Station: Slate; Oak Room; American Pub; and Hot Taco. Stay tuned for the line up of celebrities stopping by and guest DJ’s.

Where: Oak Room | 200 East Bland St.

Price: $25-$8,000

Black Food Truck Friday

When: Friday, Feb. 15

What: The Black Business Owners of Charlotte will be hosting this free event to showcase some of Charlotte’s best ethnic cuisines. Enjoy interactive games, visual art and more.

Where: Recess | 832 Seigle Ave.

Price: Free

NBA All-Star Celebrity Basketball Game After Party

When: Saturday, Feb. 16

What: The event starts at 10 p.m. and goes on until 2 a.m. Expect to see celebrity guests like Brooklyn Nets Damarre Carroll and Houston Rockets Gary Clark.

Where: La Revolution | 900 North Carolina Music Factory Boulevard, #1

Price: $25-$2,000

NBA All-Star Day Dreaming Party

When: Saturday, Feb. 16

What: What’s a party without rapper Fabolous and NBA legend Allen Iverson? The event starts at 4 p.m.

Where: Ink n Ivy | 222 South Church Street

Price: $100-$150

All-Star Sneaker Summit

When: Sunday, Feb. 17

What: The 7th annual celebration of basketball and sneaker culture will start at 1 p.m. There will be opportunities to buy, sell, trade and discuss collectible footwear, clothing and accessories.

Where: Harvey B. Gantt Center | 551 S. Tryon Street Rooftop Pavilion

Price: $25

Correction: This article has been updated to clarify information about CATS Uptown Transportation Center.

2 COMMENTS

  1. FYI for Lynx Riders

    5. Travel Light on LYNX: The LYNX Blue Line will operate during NBA All-Star Weekend, however, additional security measures will be in place. Beginning at 5 p.m. until end of day service on Friday, Feb. 15, Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17, purses, backpacks, suitcases, large tote bags or bulky items will not be allowed on board LYNX trains or at station platforms.​​​

    After 5 p.m. each day, riders who choose to travel with their personal belongings should put them in a CLEAR bag. Any clear bag is acceptable. This will allow the customer to reboard LYNX at the 3rd Street or 7th Street Stations – after the security sweep – and continue their trip through the CTC/Arena Station. All riders will be required to get off at the 3rd Street or 7th Street Stations; the train will then undergo a security sweep. Riders with no bags or a clear bag will be allowed to reboard after the sweep and continue their trip. Riders with belongings that are not in a clear bag will not be allowed to reboard the train and must walk to an open LYNX station to continue their trip. This security measure will be in place until the end of service each night.​​

    During NBA All-Star Weekend, customers traveling from I-485 to UNC Charlotte must exit at the 3rd Street Station; Customers traveling from UNC Charlotte Main Station to I-485 must exit at the 7th Street Station. Customers can continue their trip after the security sweep has been completed.

    Beginning at 5 p.m. until end of day service on Friday, Feb. 15, Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17, there will be no light rail service at the CTC/Arena Station. Customers will need to walk to 3rd Street or 7th Street Stations for light rail service.

    https://charlottenc.gov/nba/Pages/default.aspx

  2. The measures being put forth by Lynx is OD. Putting belonging in a clear bag or having people put their bags in their car or hotel is undue. What if one is from the nearby area that relies on public transportation who likes to attend this event, albeit elitist. He/she is nowhere nearby a hotel or a car. So, basically don’t bring anything? Even London Underground had no such measures when they hosted the Olympics; or Russia when they hosted the World Cup. CATS is making it look like Charlotte is important than it really is.

    Plus, moving the station to 7th street is akin to making Charlotte a Potemkin Village — so that the homeless and vagrants will not be seen and make it seem to the visitors in this elite event into thinking that the situation in Charlotte is better than it really is. But hey anything for the riches and elites, just bow down and pander to them, much like C5 does.

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