​Larry Bird drives IndyCar to deliver Pacers’ All-Star Game bid

Larry Bird drove a Pacers-branded IndyCar to the NBA offices in New York to deliver the team’s bid to host the 2021 All-Star Game.

Larry Bird drove a Pacers-branded IndyCar to the NBA offices in New York City on Monday to deliver the team’s bid to host the 2021 All-Star festivities.

The stunt not only added flash to the Pacers’ bid, but it’s also something Bird, the team president, has always wanted to do.


Indianapolis last hosted the All-Star Game in 1985, in what was then the Hoosier Dome, IndyStar.com notes. The only confirmed site for a future All-Star weekend is Los Angeles for next year’s event.

The Pacers decided to ramp up an effort to land the league’s midseason showcase in December, when commissioner Adam Silver attended the groundbreaking of the team’s new $50 million practice facility.

The following month, during the Pacers’ visit to London for a game against the Nuggets, Silver said, "I think it's highly likely that we will return to Indianapolis for an All-Star Game in the near future."

Silver hinted the Pacers’ bid would be strengthened by agreeing to host the All-Star Game in a stadium larger than 18,165-seat Bankers Life Fieldhouse, their home arena. The strategy worked in 2010 for the Mavericks, who welcomed more than 108,000 fans to the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium for the All-Star Game. The Colts’ Lucas Oil Stadium holds about 80,000.

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