NBA gears up for anything but typical All-Star Game

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, when State Farm Arena hosts the All-Star Game March 7, it will be on a much smaller scale, for a much shorter time period.

Sports

February 19, 2021 - 1:01 PM

A general view of State Farm Arena during the game between the Atlanta Hawks and the Detroit Pistons on November 9, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/TNS)

ATLANTA — The NBA All-Star Game typically is a robust, three-day affair, with several fan and community events taking place in the host city.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, though, when State Farm Arena hosts the All-Star Game March 7, it will be on a much smaller scale, for a much shorter time period.

“This is as far from typical as possible,” Hawks CEO Steve Koonin said. “Players will arrive Saturday night, they will leave Sunday night.”

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