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Shoppable NFT Art Gallery Coming to NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland

The NFT drop includes digital recreations of five historic All-Star courts from Cleveland’s history, with scannable QR codes placed around the city to help fans register and learn more.

The NBA revealed its 2022 All-Star Weekend court for next weekend’s proceedings in Cleveland as part of its first-ever shoppable NFT art gallery that can be purchased in 10 locations across the city, the league announced Friday.

These limited-edition collectibles will be available starting Monday, Feb. 7, but will immediately be able to visit one of 10 locations to scan a QR code and sign up and register for more information about the drop.

Court design for 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio

The locations in Downtown Cleveland with QR codes to scan include:

  • Tower City Center entrances at Public Square and Huron Road
  • JACK Cleveland Casino Skywalk
  • RTA’s B-Line Trolleys
  • The 9’s digital boards overlooking E. 9th Street, The Arcade, Gateway District wallscapes
  • Gateway Plaza next to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

There will be five historic Cleveland courts that will be available for purchase as NFTs:

  • The 2022 All-Star court at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
  • The NBA All-Star court from 1966, which took place at Cincinnati Gardens, home of the Royals
  • The 1981 All-Star court from Richfield Coliseum, when the NBA celebrated its 35th anniversary
  • The 1997 All-Star court from the FieldHouse, then known as Gund Arena, commemorating the league’s 50th anniversary
  • An exclusive 75th anniversary court design inspired by creative used throughout the league’s diamond anniversary season

Each of these courts will be physically displayed at one of these 10 locations. The NFTs will be digitally represented in its original form known as the “NBA Edition” as well as a 75th anniversary “Diamond Edition,” which will also include a miniature physical replica of the court.

As part of the NFT drop, $100,000 of the sale proceeds will go to the Funders Collaborative on COVID Recovery,  a partnership featuring nearly 50 philanthropic foundations, nonprofits, and government entities that help support the community as it recovers from the economic and social impacts of COVID-19.

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Shlomo Sprung
Shlomo Sprung
Shlomo Sprung is a Senior Staff Writer at Boardroom. He has more than a decade of experience in journalism, with past work appearing in Forbes, MLB.com, Awful Announcing, and The Sporting News. He graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2011, and his Twitter and Spotify addictions are well under control. Just ask him.