With a big assist from the Indiana Sports Corp., Indianapolis has had quite a run, hosting more than 450 sporting events over four decades, including a Super Bowl, seven NCAA men’s basketball Final Fours and dozens of amateur world championships.
Indianapolis hasn't hosted the NBA All-Star Game since 1985—when it was in the Hoosier Dome—something the league's commissioner, Adam Silver, wants to change. But local officials haven't pulled the trigger on a bid.
Local partners will include the Pacers, Colts and NCAA. But state officials declined to specify the contribution from Indiana's Next Level Fund, a new state-backed venture pool with $250 million to invest.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Lucas Oil Stadium was "briefly considered" as the site of the 2021 NBA All-Star Game. But a desire to have the game in a more intimate facility led the league and team officials to choose the 18,165-seat Bankers Life Fieldhouse to host the game.
The NBA All-Star Game is broadcast to 215 countries and territories in 49 languages, according to NBA officials. In China alone, nearly 40 million people watch the game and another 10 million do so in Europe.
In a sign of the city's serious intent to host the game, Pacers President Rick Fuson will be accompanied by presidents and vice presidents of Visit Indy and the Indiana Sports Corp. as he travels to Toronto this week.