The NBA All-Star game comes to Atlanta

Hawks, Lakers meet at State Farm Arena: Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce and Lakers star LeBron James share a light moment during Monday's game in Atlanta.
Hawks, Lakers meet at State Farm Arena: Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce and Lakers star LeBron James share a light moment during Monday's game in Atlanta.

Credit: Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Credit: Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

The official announcement was made Thursday - the 2021 NBA All-Star game will be a one-day event in Atlanta. Here are some of the details:

2021 NBA All-Star game

When: March 7

Where: State Farm Arena

Game time: 8 p.m.

Who: All-Star Draft will be held with team captains selecting from pool of starters and reserves

TV: TNT, coverage begins at 5 p.m.

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Attendance:

- It will not be a ticketed event, but expected attendance of 1,200-1,500.

- Mask mandates, contactless entry and security screenings and rapid-response COVID-19 testing for those sitting within 30 feet of the court.

- The league plans to invite local health-care workers and students/staff from local HBCUs.

Activities:

- Skills and 3-point competitions to be held before the game, starting at 6:30 p.m.

- Slam dunk contest to be held at halftime.

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Protocols:

- Players must travel to Atlanta on March 6 via private transportation.

- Players and guests must test negative for COVID-19 on March 6 and 7.

- Players may bring a limited number of guests who comply with protocols. Guests must quarantine for seven days before travel and return four negative tests leading to March 6.

- Players and guests only may travel to and from arena.

Donations

- The NBA and the Players Association will commit more than $2.5 million to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities and communities impacted by COVID-19. Beneficiaries include the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the United Negro College Fund, the National Associatio for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education and Direct Relief.

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