New York - The National Basketball Association announced on Wednesday that it will hold the 2011 draft in Newark at the Prudential Center on June 23 of that year.
"We are delighted to bring one of the NBA's premier events to Newark," said NBA commissioner David Stern. "The Prudential Center is a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose arena that will be a great host for another exciting NBA draft."
The Newark Star-Ledger had reported earlier in the day that next year's draft would not be held in Madison Square Garden because the venue will be undergoing renovations at the time.
The last time the draft was held in the state of New Jersey was back in 1996, when the league held the draft at what was then known as the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
"Newark, New Jersey, is a basketball city," said Newark mayor Cory Booker. "We are proud and honored to host one of basketball's most significant annual events here in the Prudential Center. It will be a fantastic event, in our great city, helping to wrap up what is expected to be a tremendous year of basketball."
Open to the public since 1979, the event was held in various New York City locations until 1991. The draft has also been held in Portland (1992), Detroit (1993), Indianapolis (1994), Toronto (1995), Charlotte (1997), Vancouver (1998) and Washington D.C. (1999).