The NBA has decided to play its 2017 All-Star game in New Orleans, the league announced Friday.
The news comes a few weeks after the league took the game from Charlotte over a controversial law that some have criticized as discriminatory against the LGBT community.
The game is scheduled for the first big weekend of Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans. There is no immediate word on if the parade schedule and routes will be adjusted, however, Carnival activities are expected to play a part in the event.
"The combination of NBA All-Star with the first weekend of Mardi Gras will provide our residents, visitors and NBA fans an even more special experience," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
The game will be played Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Smoothie King Center. There will also be All-Star activities in the days leading up to the game. On Friday, Feb. 17 there will be the Rising Stars game and on Saturday, Feb. 18, the All-Star practice, the celebrity game and the developmental league game will take place in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Saturday will also see the skills contest, three-point contest and the dunk contest.
New Orleans is a world-class destination for sports and entertainment and we are very appreciative that the city is once again hosting our All-Star festivities,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
It will be the third All-Star game in New Orleans, which also hosted the contest in 2008 and 2014.