Houston Selected to Host NBA All-Star Weekend in 2013 February 10, 2012 23:00

The city of Houston has been selected by the NBA to host the NBA All-Star Weekend, in 2013.

The Houston Rockets' home arena, The Toyota Center, will play host to the 62nd NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, 17th Feb 2013. Houston has previously hosted NBA All-Star Weekend twice, in 1989 and 2006.

The arena will also host the NBA Rising Stars Challenge, NBA All-Star Jam Session and NBA All-Star Saturday Night (which includes: Shooting Stars, Skills Challenge, 3 Point Contest and the Slam Dunk Contest).

"Houston is a spectacular sports city, and for one week it will be the basketball capital of the world," said NBA Commissioner David Stern. "NBA All-Star is a magnificent celebration of our game, and I want to thank the city and the Rockets for welcoming us once again."

"I am thrilled the Rockets and the City of Houston have once again brought NBA All-Star to Toyota Center," said Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander. "The All-Star Game showcases the best basketball players in the world and will allow our great Rockets fans and the entire community the opportunity to once again experience the best that our league has to offer. The 2006 All-Star Game in Houston was a tremendous success and we plan to set the bar even higher in 2013. We take great pride in Toyota Center's standing as one of the premier venues in the country and are honoured to be the first arena in Texas to host the game for a second time."