NBA All-Star Game comes to Inglewood

The buildup to the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics continues. And Inglewood has plenty to say about it. The new sports and entertainment hub, Inglewood has become the gateway extension to Los Angeles with SoFi Stadium and YouTube Theater and The Forum being available for worldwide events and performances.

The NFL announced that SoFi Stadium will host the 2027 Super Bowl. This comes after the league hosted the global event in 2021. Now the NBA has come knocking on Inglewood’s door to get in on the action.

Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. (right) alongside Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass at a press conference announcing the 2026 NBA All-Star Game will be played at the Intuit Dome, the new home of the Los Angeles Clippers. Courtesy photo/Los Angeles Clippers

With the Los Angeles Clippers knee-deep in getting their arena built about a stone or two away from SoFi Stadium, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the league made a major announcement about the pending All-Star game in 2026. That announcement has something to do with Inglewood.

Silver appeared at a press conference with Clippers owner and Chairman Steve Ballmer, Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr., Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, and Clippers President of Business Operations Gillian Zucker to announce that the 2026 NBA All-Star game will take place right in Inglewood at the Clippers’ futuristic Intuit Dome.

“It is my absolute privilege to announce the 2026 NBA All-Star Game will be held here in Inglewood at this brand new Intuit Dome. Congratulations, everyone,” Silver said.

The 2026 revelry will be the NBA’s 75th All-Star Game.

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

Intuit Dome, which is set to open in August 2024, is a multipurpose venue that will be the new home of the LA Clippers.

“We are building Intuit Dome to house and showcase the best basketball players in the world, and we are honored they will all be under our roof for 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 LA Clippers worked in collaboration with the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission to bring NBA All-Star 2026 to Los Angeles.

NBA All-Star on-court events will tip off on Friday, Feb. 13 at Intuit Dome with NBA Rising Stars, an annual showcase for top rookies and second-year NBA players. On Feb. 14, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature the Kia Skills Challenge, the Starry 3-Point Challenge and AT&T Slam Dunk. NBA All-Star 2026 will culminate with the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 15.

The NBA will host several events for fans of all ages at venues throughout Los Angeles and Inglewood, including at Kia Forum and the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Los Angeles Clippers owner and Chairman Steve Ballmer (left) with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver during a press conference where the league announced that the 2026 NBA All-Star Game will be played at Intuit Dome in Inglewood, California. Courtesy photo/Los Angeles Clippers

These events, including NBA All-Star Practice presented by AT&T, the Ruffles NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and an NBA All-Star fan fest, will feature basketball programming and entertainment for fans as well as up-close access to NBA players, legends and celebrities.

The league will also continue to celebrate its commitment to social responsibility with a full schedule of NBA Cares events during NBA All-Star 2026. Through partnerships with schools, local and national nonprofit organizations, the league will reach thousands of children and families in Los Angeles, Inglewood and the surrounding areas and provide critical resources to community-based programs.

“This All-Star Weekend will be the greatest event ever held in the greatest arena in the world, the Intuit Dome,” Butts added.

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