How State Farm Arena became the site of this year's All-Star Game

ATLANTA — The NBA All-Star Game typically is a robust, three-day affair, with several fan and community events taking place in the host city. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, though, when State Farm Arena hosts the All-Star Game March 7, it will be on a much smaller scale, for a much shorter time period. “This is as far from typical as possible,” Hawks CEO Steve Koonin said. “Players will arrive Saturday night, they will leave Sunday night.” At long last, the one-day All-Star event, which will include a skills challenge, 3-point contest and dunk contest, was officially announced Thursday afternoon,…

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