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Charlotte Hornets announce bid for 2017, 2018 All-Star Weekend

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The Charlotte Hornets are submitting a bid to host All-Star Weekend at Time Warner Cable Arena in 2017 or 2018, the team announced Tuesday.

A group of Hornets representatives will fly to New York on Tuesday afternoon to officially submit the bid.

According to Hornets chief operating officer Fred Whitfield, between 8-10 teams will submit bids to host the festivities. The NBA will narrow the field down to three or four cities this fall, and the final decision will be announced in the fall of 2015.

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More from Whitfield, via NBA.com:

“It is our honor to submit our bid for the city of Charlotte to host a future All-Star Weekend ... With the return of the Hornets name and our team on the rise, we feel like this is the perfect time for Charlotte to host an All-Star Game and we are confident in our chances for success.”

Charlotte previously hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 1991 at Charlotte Coliseum.

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