NBA All-Star game coming to Charlotte in 2019

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says the 2019 NBA All-Star game will be held in Charlotte.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the league has not announced the decision. The person said the All-Star weekend festivities are set for Feb. 15-17, 2019. The game will be played at Spectrum Center, home of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets.

The All-Star game had been set for Charlotte in 2017, but the NBA moved the game to New Orleans because of the state law restricting the rights of LGBT people.

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Gov. Roy Cooper statement

"Today's NBA announcement is positive news for Charlotte. Hosting the All-Star Game will pump millions of dollars into our economy and provide an incredible showcase for our state, but it will also remind us of the work that remains to ensure equal rights and protections for all North Carolinians. I'm glad the NBA recognizes the progress we've made and will continue to be a partner as we push for statewide LGBT protections."