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Hornets, sports foundation to bid for NBA All-Star Weekend


The Charlotte Hornets have teamed up with a sports foundation in Charlotte to make a bid to host the NBA All-Star weekend.

The team made the announcement on Tuesday morning.

The Hornets and Charlotte Sports Foundation (CSF) say they will officially submit a bid to host the 2017 or 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Team and foundation officials will fly to New York with former Hornets player Dell Curry and mascot, Hugo, Tuesday afternoon to deliver the bid to NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum.

"The overwhelming support of the Hornets during their playoff run and rebranding has proven the passion Charlotte has for the NBA," CSF Executive Director Will Webb said. "And the worldwide fan bas of the NBA makes this a perfect opportunity to showcase Charlotte and Time Warner Cable Arena on a global stage."

Charlotte hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 1991.

"We are grateful for their backing and look forward to once again having the chance to bring international acclaim to the city of Charlotte," said Fred Whitfield, Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & COO.

"With the return of the Hornets name and our team on the rise, we feel like this is the perfect time for Charlotte to host an All-Star Game and we are confident in our chances for success."

The city has also hosts a number of major sporting events annually, including the Belk Bowl, the ACC Football Championship, the CIAA Tournament, the PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship and NASCAR's All-Star Race, Coca-Cola 600 and Bank of America 500.

The coming years will mark the returns of NCAA men's basketball tournament games in 2015 and the ACC Tournament in 2019, as well as Charlotte's first time hosting the PGA Championship in 2017.

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