Celtics Eyeing Bid To Host Future NBA All-Star Game, Wyc Grousbeck Says


The Boston Celtics apparently have their sights set on ending a drought that dates to 1964.

Team ownership is “preparing an application” to host a future NBA All-Star Game at TD Garden, Celtics majority owner Wyc Grousbeck told The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn. The soonest the C’s could house the game is 2022, as Los Angeles, Charlotte, Chicago and Indianapolis are scheduled to host the next four games, respectively.

“We’re looking at an application package,” Grousbeck told Washburn. “But we have to work it out with the (Boston) Convention Center. We are going to ask for an application package and we’ll see what happens.”

While this certainly is exciting news for Green Teamers, they might want to temper that excitement a bit, as getting into a potential All-Star game at the Garden won’t be easy.

“We can’t get all of our fans into the game, all of our season ticket-holders,” Grousbeck said. “We have a season ticket-holder wait list and relatively few of our season ticket-holders would be able to come to a game that we host. But nonetheless, we’re going to get a package and see if we can work something out.”

It’s been a while since Boston has hosted an All-Star Game in the United States’ four major sports. The Boston Red Sox were the last New England team to do so, as Fenway Park hosted the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 1999. The Boston Bruins also hosted the NHL’s mid-season festivities at the then-Fleet Center in 1996.

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