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Milwaukee Makes Bid to Host All-Star Weekend

The Midwest city is hoping to host the festivities in 2025 or 2026.

2023 NBA All-Star - Kia Skills Challenge Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

The Milwaukee Bucks are submitting bids to host either the 2025 or 2026 NBA All-Star Weekend at Fiserv Forum, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. If Milwaukee’s bid is accepted, this would mark the city’s second time hosting the event and first since 1977.

Fiserv Forum opened in 2018. The $500 million stadium with a capacity of over 17,000 was built to become the main attraction of Milwaukee’s Deer District, a 30-acre sports and entertainment district in downtown. Fiserv already has experience hosting large-scale, national events, as Milwaukee hosted the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

The Indiana Pacers will host the 2024 NBA All-Star Weekend at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

During the Portland Trail Blazers’ 52-year history as an NBA franchise, Portland has never hosted the NBA All-Star Game, making the Blazers just one of four NBA franchises to never receive the honor (Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, Sacramento Kings). In 2014, the Blazers submitted bids to host either the 2017 or 2018 All-Star Weekend, but lost out to New Orleans and Los Angeles.