... but the main event won't be played in the Mavericks' home gym, the American Airlines Center. Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports the Cowboys' new stadium in Arlington will host the All-Star Game, where a record crowd is expected. AAC will play host to the Friday and Saturday night events.
Why Cowboys Stadium? Sefko cites Mark Cuban's concerns with local season ticket holders getting locked out of All-Star Games in favor of corporate types the league hooks up. The stadium will offer more than double the capacity -- 50,000 is the early estimate.
Every All-Star Weekend since 2003 has been held in what could be considered the southern part of the country: L.A. in 2003, Atlanta in 2004, Denver in 2005, Houston in 2006, Las Vegas in 2007, New Orleans in 2008, Phoenix this season. I imagine Brooklyn is on the map, whenever Atlantic Yards gets built. Chicago hasn't hosted the weekend since 1988, and Detroit's gone since 1979. I understand warm weather for the Super Bowl, but isn't most of All-Star Weekend indoors, save the walk from club to club?