Canadian recording artist Drake speaks at a news conference after the announcement that the Toronto Raptors will host the 2016 NBA All Star game at a news conference in Toronto on Monday Sept. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)
TORONTO (AP) — The NBA All-Star game in 2016 will be played in Toronto.
NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement Monday, marking the first time the city will hold the league’s annual showcase.
Canadian rap star Drake and Mayor Rob Ford were among those at the news conference. The Raptors also announced that Drake will be their “global ambassador.”
The All-Star game will be held in New Orleans in 2014 and in New York in 2015.
The NHL played an All-Star game in Toronto in 2000. The Toronto Blue Jays hosted baseball’s All-Star game in 1991.