New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets will split hosting duties for the All-Star Weekend in 2015, the NBA announced Wednesday.
The NBA assigned the Knicks as host of the All-Star Game on Feb. 15, 2015, at the newly renovated Madison Square Garden.
The Nets, for their part, will host the Saturday night events, including the 3-point shootout and dunk contest, at Barclays Center.
“New York offers an extraordinary opportunity to host NBA All-Star events at two world-class venues,” NBA commissioner David Stern said. “We look forward to celebrating our game with basketball fans across the entire city, in all five boroughs.”
This was not the first time that the All-Star Weekend has been co-hosted. In 2010, the Saturday events were held at American Airlines Center in Dallas and the game was played the next night at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium in nearby Arlington.
The 2014 All-Star Game is scheduled for New Orleans next February. Since 2004, the All-Star Game has been played in Western Conference cities in all years but 2012, when it was in Orlando.
The Knicks and Nets have sparked a new rivalry since the latter moved to Brooklyn last season.