New LA Clippers arena to host 2026 NBA All-Star Weekend

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Los Angeles will host NBA All-Star Weekend for a record seventh time in 2026 in the LA Clippers’ new Intuit Dome arena.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver confirmed Los Angeles as 2026’s All-Star Weekend host yesterday during a press conference at the Intuit Dome, due to open in August 2024, and signalled out the Clippers’ new home arena as a key factor for the city’s selection. 

He said: “The Intuit Dome promises to present a unique and innovative live basketball experience which will be an extraordinary venue for the NBA All-Star Game in 2026.

“Thanks again to Steve Ballmer, Gillian Zucker, and the Clippers organisation for their commitment to delivering a world-class showcase of the very best of our sport.”

Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has invested heavily into the NBA franchise since acquiring the team in 2014 and has been vocal in his belief that the Clippers should be playing home games at its own arena, having shared the Arena with the Los Angeles Lakers

The multi-purpose arena is located in Inglewood, California and reportedly cost $2bn to build, with a capacity of 18,000. The landmark feature of the Intuit Dome is the state-of-the-art 4K LED screen which was developed by Daktronics.

“We are building the Intuit Dome to house and showcase the best basketball players in the world, and we are honoured they will all be under our roof for the NBA All-Star,” said Ballmer. 

“Along with Inglewood and Los Angeles, we thank the NBA for bringing the league’s marquee event to Intuit Dome in 2026.”

The last time Los Angeles played host to NBA All-Star Weekend was in 2018 at the arena, then known as the Staples Centre. Alongside the flagship NBA All-Star Game – scheduled for 15 February 2026 –  All-Star Weekend events, such as the Three Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest, will be contested at the Intuit Dome.

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