- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Charlotte Hornets won the bid to host the NBA All-Star game in 2017, people familiar with the situation said Monday.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because an announcement has not been made. The Hornets have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday that will include NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, team owner Michael Jordan and Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter.

The Charlotte Observer first reported the news.

The city agreed to spend more than $30 million to upgrade their arena when the Hornets submitted the bid to host the game last summer.

Charlotte last hosted the All-Star game in 1991 at the Charlotte Coliseum. That building has since been demolished.

Silver said last December before a Hornets game he felt like the Hornets had a good chance of hosting an All-Star game.

“Personally I’m very excited about coming back here. I don’t think there’s any question it’s going to happen,” Silver said. “Just a matter of what year.”

The game could be a homecoming for Golden State’s Stephen Curry, this past season’s league MVP. Curry grew up in Charlotte and attended Davidson College.

Along with the All-Star game, the weekend features a slam-dunk contest, a 3-point shooting contest and a game between top first- and second-year NBA players, as well as a D-League All-Star game.

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