NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland: Everything you need to know from special guests, moments, events and more
Cleveland is hosting the three-day event with the All-Star Game itself taking place on Sunday, Feb. 20.
When to watch, buying tickets and more
What you can expect
Meet the All-Stars
Players for Celebrity Game
Check out these other events happening around town
Other must-see attractions
More destinations for those visiting Cleveland
Where the NBA All-Star Game is headed
The sports spotlight will be shining on Cleveland once again as the 2022 NBA All-Star Game takes over the city.
: When to watch, buying tickets and more
WHEN IS THE GAME?
The annual basketball celebration takes place throughout three days from Feb. 18-20. The 71st All-Star Game itself will be played on Sunday, Feb. 20.
HOW CAN I BUY TICKETS?
Here's your chance to experience the NBA All-Star Game in person! A variety of ticket options are available for purchase HERE, which includes options to access the celebrity game and main event.
HOW CAN I WATCH?
The game will air on TNT.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE LATEST UPDATES?
3News will provide extensive coverage throughout the entire weekend with special digital shows, previews, live blogs, photos, videos and so much more. Be sure to follow our social channels as well so you never miss a moment:
You can also join the conversation with us on social media using #3NBAinCLE.
WHAT ROADS ARE CLOSED IN CLEVELAND BECAUSE OF THE ALL-STAR GAME?
- Partial Closure on E. 18th St between Prospect Ave and Carnegie Ave until Sunday at 11:30 p.m.
- Full Closure on E. 18th St between Prospect Ave and Carnegie Ave until Monday at 5 a.m.
- Full Closure on East Mall Drive between Lakeside Ave and St Clair Ave until Monday at 5 a.m.
- Full Closure on West Mall Drive between St Clair Ave and Rockwell Ave until Monday at 5 a.m.
- Full Closure on Huron Rd between Ontario St and Prospect Ave until Monday at 5 a.m.
- Full Closure on E. 4th St between Huron Rd and Prospect Ave until Monday at 5 a.m.
- Full Closure on E. 6th St between Huron Rd and Larry Doby Way until Monday at 5 a.m.
- Full Closure on Larry Doby Way between Ontario St and E. 9th St until Monday at 5 a.m.
- Full Closure on Bolivar Rd at E. 9th St until Monday at 5 a.m.
Parking is also restricted in these areas between Friday and Monday:
- Prospect Ave between Ontario St and E. 22nd St
- E. 9th St between Euclid Ave and Carnegie Ave
- E. 18th St between Euclid Ave and Prospect Ave
- E. 21st St between Euclid Ave and Prospect Ave
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HOW TO BUY MERCHANDISE
Exclusive NBA All-Star Game merchandise is up for grabs inside the Cleveland Cavaliers Team Shop at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, which is accessible through the E. 6th Street entrance during these hours:
- Tuesday, Feb. 15: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Wednesday, Feb. 16: 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
- Thursday, Feb. 17: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Friday, Feb. 18: 10 a.m.— 3:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 19: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Sunday, Feb. 20: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
RELATED: First look: NBA All-Star Game merchandise up for grabs at Cleveland Cavaliers Team Shop in Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
HAS CLEVELAND EVER HOSTED THE ALL-STAR GAME BEFORE?
Yes. The game has been in Northeast Ohio twice before: 1981 at the Richfield Coliseum and 1997 at the Gund Arena.
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Event schedule: What you can expect
The following events are currently scheduled to take place throughout the NBA All-Star weekend as listed by NBA.com:
FRIDAY, FEB. 18
- Clorox Rising Stars Practice: 10:30 a.m.
- Ruffles NBA All-Star Celebrity Game: 7 p.m. (airing on ESPN)
- Clorox Rising Stars: 9 p.m. (airing on TNT)
SATURDAY, FEB. 19
- NBA All-Star Practice: 11 a.m.
- NBA x HBCU Classic with Morgan State vs. Howard University: 2 p.m.
- State Farm All-Star Saturday Night: 8 p.m. (airing on TNT) with the following events: Taco Bell Skills Challenge, MTN Dew 3-Point Contest and AT&T Slam Dunk.
- See our coverage:
- New York Knicks' Obi Toppin wins NBA Slam Dunk Contest while others struggle
- 'Weakest ever': Social media rips lackluster NBA Dunk Contest
- Cleveland Cavaliers Jarrett Allen, Evan Mobley, and Darius Garland team up to win NBA All-Star Skills Challenge
- Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns wins NBA 3-Point Contest
- See our coverage:
SUNDAY, FEB. 20
- NBA Legends Brunch: 12 p.m.
- NBA G League Next Gem Game with G League Ignite vs. Canton Charge: 2 p.m.
- 71st NBA All-Star Game: 8 p.m.
- See our coverage:
- LeBron James hits game-winner as Team LeBron defeats Team Durant in 2022 NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland
- LeBron James discusses sharing moment with Michael Jordan at 2022 NBA All-Star Game
- Stephen Curry sets NBA All-Star Game record for 3-pointers made, wins MVP
- Watch: NBA honors 75th Anniversary Team during halftime ceremony at 2022 NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland
- See our coverage:
Who's playing?: Meet the All-Stars
The starters are...
- Monty Williams (Coach)
- LeBron James (Captain)
- Stephen Curry
- Nikola Jokic
- Andrew Wiggins
- Giannis Antetokounmpo
- DeMar DeRozan
- Erik Spoelstra (Coach)
- Kevin Durant (Captain)
- Joel Embiid
- Trae Young
- Ja Morant
- Trae Young
- Andrew Wiggins
TEAM LEBRON RESERVES
- Jarrett Allen (Cleveland Cavaliers
- Darius Garland (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- Jimmy Butler
- Luka Doncic
- James Harden
- Donovan Mitchell
- Chris Paul
- Fred VanVleet
TEAM DURANT RESERVES
- LaMelo Ball
- Devin Booker
- Rudy Gobert
- Zach LaVine
- Khris Middleton
- Dejounte Murray
- Karl-Anthony Towns
- Draymond Green
Star power: Players for Celebrity Game
Cleveland is rolling out the red carpet for a list of celebrity guests who are set to compete in the Ruffles NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18.
And the celebrities are...
Team Walton (coached by Bill Walton)
- Jimmie Allen (singer, songwriter)
- Brittney Elena (host, actress, athlete and model)
- Machine Gun Kelly (singer, songwriter)
- Tiffany Haddish (comedian, actress and author)
- Dearica Hamby (Las Vegas Aces forward)
- Nyjah Huston (Olympian, professional skateboarder)
- Matt James (ABC’s The Bachelor)
- Quavo (rapper, recording artist)
- Ranveer Singh (actor)
- Anderson Varejao (Cleveland Cavaliers legend)
Team Nique (coached by Dominique Williams)
- Anuel AA (rapper)
- Mayor Justin Bibb (Mayor of Cleveland)
- Kane Brown (singer, songwriter)
- Myles Garrett (Cleveland Browns defensive end)
- Booby Gibson (Cleveland Cavaliers legend)
- Jack Harlow (rapper, recording artist)
- Crissa Jackson (Harlem Globetrotters player)
- Anjali Ranadivé (singer, songwriter)
- Gianmarco Tamberi (Olympic high jump champion)
- Alex Toussaint (Peloton instructor)
RELATED: 2022 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game rosters revealed: Myles Garrett, Machine Gun Kelly, Tiffany Hadish, Mayor Justin Bibb to play
COVID protocols: Staying safe
What are the COVID protocols in place for the event?
Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb outlined the city's COVID safety measures during a press conference on Jan. 31, which include:
- All guests ages 5 and older will be required to show proof of vaccination before participating in any ticketed event.
- Those who are not fully vaccinated, must show proof of having a negative COVID test. These options include a PCR test 48 hours before the event or an antigen test the day of the event.
- Mayor Bibb's mask advisory will remain in place throughout the entire NBA All-Star Game weekend. As previously noted, however, this is not a mask mandate. “An advisory is a recommendation strongly encouraging residents to wear a mask at all indoor facilities,” Mayor Bibb's office told 3News earlier this month.
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Want more?: Check out these other events happening around town
Are you looking for more ways to celebrate the big basketball weekend without breaking the bank? 3News' Kierra Cotton published a guide of other events you can explore throughout Northeast Ohio. These include:
- Cleveland vs. The World Celebrity Basketball event at Warrensville Heights High School: Feb. 18 from noon until 3 p.m.
- Terry Rozier and Friends Celebrity Bowling Party at Euphoria Lanes in Cleveland: Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.
- The House of Glo presented by Gloria James at Playhouse Square: Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.
- The "Real Black Friday" Black Biz Expo at Tower City in Cleveland: Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
- All-Star Greek Jam at Brush High School: Feb. 20 from noon until 4 p.m.
- NBA All-Stark Weekend 2K22 Tournament at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland: Feb. 19 from 6-10 p.m.
CLICK HERE for full details on each of these events.
Also, the Cleveland Power of Sport Summit, presented by KeyBank and FirstEnergy, will celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion in a free multi-day event at Cleveland Metropolitan Conference Center on East 9th Street.
- Friday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Sunday, Feb. 20 from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
The event is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.
Other must-see attractions: More destinations for those visiting Cleveland
If you're coming to Cleveland for the first time -- or maybe you haven't been here in a while -- there's so much more to explore during your visit. So what else should you see and experience? Destination Cleveland posted a list of the top 10 things to do in the city -- and they absolutely nailed it! Here are their picks:
- West Side Market
- Lake View Cemetery
- A Christmas Story House
- Great Lakes Brewing Company
- Cleveland Orchestra
- Exploring downtown
- Lake Erie
- Cleveland's rock 'n' roll scene
- Cleveland Museum of Art
RELATED: List: See the celebrity guests who made special appearances in Cleveland for the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony
Photos: 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland
Speaking of music and basketball, Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is presenting a new exhibit just in time for All-Star weekend. Baseline to Bassline: 75 Years of Music and the NBA, sponsored by Mountain Dew, plans to focus on the "moments and movements that have kept fans engaged with their favorite teams and artists." Baseline to Bassline: 75 Years of Music and the NBA will open Thursday, February 17 and stay through April 1. For more information on the exhibit or to purchase tickets, click here.
What's next?: Where the NBA All-Star Game is headed
Once the NBA All-Star Game wraps up in Cleveland, the league has already announced where the event is heading for the next two years.