NBA All-Star Game coming to Orlando in 2012

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NBA groupies, NBA players and their posses and Mickey Mouse — finally all in one place. Bring the entire family.

The new Amway Center in Orlando — set to open this fall — will host the NBA All-Star Game and weekend in 2012. This largely falls in line with the NBA’s effort to give teams with new buildings (and a city that can handle it) a chance at the All-Star game. It will take place Feb. 24-26, 2012, with the Magic as hosts.

Next year’s All-Star game comes to Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The All-Star Weekend is more than just the game, it’s really a convention of the NBA, the one time during the season that everyone — owners, players, media, agents — are all in one place. It is also attracts plenty of NBA fans and some less savory hangers on. It’s a weekend party and a show, with a game thrown in for good measure.

In Orlando, a lot more families are going to want to go for the weekend. Should be interesting.