Meanwhile, DeKalb’s neighbor Brookhaven takes a very different approach to the big weekend.
ATLANTA – This time next week, Atlanta heads to NBA All-Star Weekend. But, starting Friday night, the League is trying to prevent large groups from coming together as cases are still high.
Earlier today, 11Alive spoke with officials from the League, who said nearly 100 “stop announcing” letters were sent to event planners using the name and logo of the League. League to promote their parties.
The NBA will also not hold an official sanction next weekend. Commissioner Adam Silver and the League support Mayor Keishla Lance Bottoms call to keep everyone at home.
“We are just asking people to continue to respect our situation in this pandemic and not to come to our city for this game,” Bottoms said recently.
However, neighboring Brookhaven has a very different stance than the NBA and Mayor Bottoms. The board voted earlier this week to extend “casting hours” during the All-Star weekend.
“We are not looking for these really large crowds,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Joe Gebbia. “We don’t want them to advertise it. It’s mostly business as usual. It will be a festive weekend. It’s two extra hours under the same constraints that are currently in place.
Four years ago, Indianapolis was named the host city of the game. But, in November, the league postponed the game due to public health concerns. Last week, the official announcement was released saying the game was moving to Atlanta.