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Ryan, Ashley Smith Discuss Hosting 2023 NBA All-Star Game

Feb 20, 2022, 9:10 PM | Updated: 9:52 pm
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NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that the 2023 NBA All-Star game will be held at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (Courtesy of Deseret News)
(Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Jazz owners Ryan and Ashley Smith discussed hosting next year’s 2023 NBA All-Star Game during this season’s exhibition.

The 2022 All-Star Game took place at Rocket Mortage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday, February 20.

In between the third and fourth quarters, the Smiths discussed hosting the 2023 All-Star festivities.

“We’re excited to bring the party to Salt Lake,” Ashley Smith said.

“We’re gonna roll in Utah from Salt Lake to Park City. Don’t come for a couple of days, come for the whole week. Donovan and Rudy are hosting. It’s gonna be pretty sweet,” – Ryan Smith added.

The Jazz and Salt Lake City were awarded the 2023 NBA event in the fall of 2019.

“It’s my honor to announce the 2023 All-Star game will take place here in Salt Lake City,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said at the time. “Big time events in sports are part of the DNA of this state and in this city.”

The Jazz originally submitted the bid for the game in February 2018. The team partnered with the Utah Sports Commission, State of Utah, Salt Lake City and County, the Utah Office of Tourism and Visit Salt Lake in their submission.

Former Jazz majority owners, the Miller family, and the Jazz organization undertook a $125 million renovation of Vivint Smart Home Arena in the summer of 2017 to improve the fan experience, and with All-Star Weekend in mind.

“Our estimation is probably between $45-50 million in impact,” Former Utah governor Gary Herbert said. “The economic benefit and what it will ripple through the economy is significant.”

Tens of millions of television viewers and hundreds of millions of social media impressions will bring a boost to Utah’s tourism industry.

“The world will be watching.” Herbert said.

“The particular bid was incredibly thorough,” Silver said, “It’s the tradition of hosting big events and sporting events in Salt Lake City.”

The 2023 NBA All-Star Game and the other events that weekend will take place at Vivint Arena from February 17-19, 2023.

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