The All-Star Rising Stars Challenge will be the first event held at the Barclays Center on Friday, February 13. Rising Stars Challenge tickets on the secondary market have an average price of $167.11 and the night’s cheapest seat is listed at $70. Taking on the new USA vs The World format this season, the NBA’s best domestic and international players will face off in an exhibition match dedicated to the rookie and sophomore classes.
According to TiqIQ, All-Star Saturday will be the most expensive night of the weekend. Held at the Barclays on February 14, the average price for All-Star Saturday Night tickets is $1,786.68 and the get-in price starts at $443 on the secondary market. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry will highlight the 3-Point Shootout while Mason Plumlee and a trio of other fresh faces battle in the Slam Dunk Contest.
All eyes will shift to the big game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night, where NBA All-Star Game tickets on TiqIQ have an average price of $1,655.26 and a get-in price of $644 on the secondary market. Carmelo Anthony will start for the East in front of the hometown crowd alongside LeBron James, Paul Gasol, John Wall and Kyle Lowry. The West will see Blake Griffin, Marc Gasol, Anthony Davis and Steph Curry start at The Garden. Kobe Bryant was also slated to start prior to suffering a season-ending rotator cuff tear.
In addition to the weekend’s events in Brooklyn and Manhattan, the Big Apple will also welcome some of music and comedy’s most notable acts over the week. Puff Daddy and Snoop Dogg headline “The Tip-Off” at The Theatre at MSG on Thursday while Shaquille O’Neal presents his annual Comedy Jam at the Beacon Theatre for two shows on Friday night. Comics Michael Blackson, DeRay Davis, Bill Bellamy and Robert Powell are all scheduled to perform at the Beacon.
New York basketball fans will have to carry their postseason hopes into 2016, but All-Star Weekend will be the much-needed band-aid over the horrid seasons both the Nets and Knicks are having, albeit a temporary one.
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