NBA All-Star Game a boon for Toronto

NBA All-Star LeBron James of the Miami Heat (right) drives to the basket past All-Star David Lee of...

NBA All-Star LeBron James of the Miami Heat (right) drives to the basket past All-Star David Lee of the Golden State Warriors in Houston last February. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters/Files)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:37 PM ET

TORONTO - Having the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto in February 2016 should be an economic bonanza for Toronto.

As first revealed in the Toronto Sun, the NBA is poised to award its 2016 all-star festivities to Toronto.

Recent NBA all-star weekends in Phoenix, Orlando and Houston pumped up to $100 million into local economies and attracted as many as 50,000 visitors, with the NBA reserving more than 5,000 hotel rooms.

The need for a U.S. citizens to produce a passport at border crossings may decrease the number of fans who come to Toronto.

A study commissioned by the Orlando Magic found that the 2012 all-star event generated about $95 million in economic impact, including $56 million in direct spending and $40 million in indirect spending.

Total attendance for the events was 152,171, with 31% of those attending coming from the Orange County, Fla., area.


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