Anyways, Gilbert is trying to get Cleveland the all star game http://www.ohio.com/sports/cavs/all-star-game-notebook-cavs-exploring-replacing-scoreboard-with-large-high-definition-model-1.374140
We had a discussion about this on a Thunder board this morning so I had some of these links and quotes on hand. Memphis also has yet to host an All Star Weekend. I just need them to go back to emailing everyone ticketmaster links so I at least think I have a fair shot to get tickets at non rape prices. I was about to pay $450 for nosebleeds to the Saturday night stuff last yr in Houston but got stuck in traffic anyways and ended up just having to watch it in the hotel
Ski Austin, the NBA’s executive vice president of events, told Forbes this weekend that the Toyota Center scoreboard played at least a small role in Houston winning the bid for this year’s game. But more importantly, in order for the Cavaliers to host a future All-Star game, the city of Cleveland will likely need somewhere around 6,000 hotel rooms.
“Teams go into their market and aggregate the various resources we need. A lot of what we ask the teams to do is gather the vendors we need, from the convention center, the arena and somewhere in the neighborhood of 6,000 hotel rooms,” Austin told Forbes. “Each market has a different way of putting these things together. We then look at the bids that are the most viable and go with that.”