The NBA traditionally awards its All-Star weekend to cities that have state-of-the art facilities to host the mammoth event, along with enough hotel rooms and convention center space to accommodate the thousands of media, both domestically and internationally, who descend to cover the festivities.
Portland has a rabid fan base with a seemingly insatiable appetite for basketball, but despite the city’s best efforts, it simply is not ready from an infrastructure standpoint to handle the insanity that All-Star weekend brings.
While they tried once again to bid for the next available slot, the league has determined that the city isn’t well-equipped enough to host the event just yet.
The Portland Trail Blazers have made it known that the city of Portland wishes to host NBA All-Star Weekend. …
But according to a league source, 2017 is now out of the question for Portland due to the tirelessly slow process of getting a Hyatt Regency convention-size hotel approved which would reside at the Oregon Convention Center.
Funding and hotel competitors appear to be the main obstacles holding the project up. A city official told CSNNW.com that they do expect to eventually break ground on the project, but adds that now the earliest the hotel can be constructed is in the year 2017.
The next two All-Star weekends will be hosted in New York city in 2015 (shared by the Knicks and the Nets), followed by Toronto in 2016.
The 2017 event is still up for grabs, but it won’t be in Portland until they can get that hotel project completely sorted out.