The NBA All-Star Game will finally make its way to Charlotte, N.C. in 2019 after the partial repeal of the state’s “bathroom bill.”
The National Basketball Association announced on Wednesday that the All-Star weekend will take place on Feb. 15-17 at the Spectrum Center, the home of the Charlotte Hornets.
Charlotte had been selected as the host city for 2017 but the game relocated to New Orleans in the wake of North Carolina’s “bathroom bill.” Also known as HB2, the law would have required transgender individuals to use restrooms corresponding with the sex listed on their birth certificate.
A new law, known as House Bill 142, modified HB2 to prevent restrictions on individuals using the bathroom that matches their gender identity. However, the bill did not restrict businesses from discriminating against the LGBT community.
“While we understand the concerns of those who say the repeal of HB2 did not go far enough, we believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “Additionally, it allows us to work with the leadership of the Hornets organization to apply a set of equality principles to ensure that every All-Star event will proceed with open access and anti-discrimination policies. All venues, hotels and businesses we work with during All-Star will adhere to these policies as well.”
Charlotte last hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 1991.