The Philadelphia 76ers’ recent front office changes have driven most of the conversation around the team over the last few days. CNBC’s Jabari Young touched on the Sixers’ front office in his recent article on Doc Rivers’ role in the organization, but also included another nugget of information.
Young mentioned that the Sixers are working with Philadelphia officials and Comcast, the owners of the Wells Fargo Center, to host the NBA’s All-Star Game in 2026.
Adam Silver is hoping to get fans back in NBA arenas next season. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and so many unknowns, from how testing could improve to when next season may even begin, we can only wait and see what happens. For now, Silver expects that next season won’t begin any earlier than January.
By the time 2026 rolls around, though, and the world is hopefully far closer to normality, the All-Star Game would be a great event for Philly basketball fans to enjoy. Philadelphia hasn’t hosted the event since 2002 either — when Kobe Bryant won the game’s MVP award — so Sixers fans will have had quite a wait.
Before 2002, Philadelphia last hosted the event in 1976, the year of America’s bicentenary. Maybe Philly will be able to bring back the All-Star Game for the 250th anniversary in 2026 as well.
Indianapolis is currently set to host the All-Star Game next season, followed by Cleveland in 2022 and Salt Lake City in 2023.