CLEVELAND — One month remains until the NBA All-Star Game at Cleveland's Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, and by all accounts, everyone is ready for some basketball
It's more than just the game -- it's an All-Star weekend, and getting a ticket to the occasion is harder than making a foul shot.
"The two-event All-Star Saturday night and the All-Star Game that is on Sunday, those are really invite-only," Mike Mulhull with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission said.
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So, most will get to see a slam dunk in places you wouldn't expect.
"I talked to many of the event planners, and they have a lot of exciting events at the different hotels and different venues," City Council President Blaine A. Griffin told 3News. "They are also doing a lot of neighborhood events the schools."
Events like the fan experience are only $30, and there will be a celebrity game at the Wolstein Center. When it comes to hotels, if downtown rooms are already booked, there are other places to try.
"We do have rooms in Independence out near the airport [and] in Beachwood," Mulhull said. "That's just the NBA block. That's before the fans show up."
The NBA controls 30,000 rooms the week of the game, but fans have already been booking what's left. Downtown Cleveland has around 6,600 rooms, and the league will occupy 5,500.
Weather could also be a factor, but in light of this week's storm, local officials are confident they will be prepared.
"The good news when you get a snowstorm like this one we just experienced, it helps us prepare where we have gaps," Griffin explained.
Gaps that are being addressed right now, as the city came under criticism for their lack of snow removal. Still, Mulhull says he is not worried about the weather.
"The All-Star game was held in Chicago during the winter," he said, "and the weather was not a problem."