NBA All-Star Game Back in Houston?
February 7, 2012 9:02:00 pm
Houston's first NBA All-Star experience was back in 1989.
"We are now inside a sold-out Astrodome and before game time, we have a very special All-Star introduction."
Houston also hosted the game in 2006 at Toyota Center. NBA Commissioner David Stern is expected to announce Houston as the host city for the game next February. Stephanie Haynes is the president of the Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston. She says the city has done well as a host city for big sporting events.
"Houston, I think when you look at the success we had with the Super Bowl as well as the All-Star game as well as the recent Final Four, Houston is now becoming known as a sports destination."
She says Houston has 72, 000 hotel rooms available for large sporting events. She says big events like All-Star Weekend are a shot in the arm for local hotel operators.
"They normally come in over a weekend, which isusiness time that Houston hotels are really looking for business, so it's really great when we are able to have weekend business, especially the sporting events."
Houston might have a harder time getting another Super Bowl here. The last one was in 2004 and with Dallas now home to the 100, 000 seat Cowboys Stadium, it's unlikely Houston will get another one anytime soon.