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Stampede will host 2006 All-Star game

Boise, ID (Sports Network) - The Continental Basketball Association announced on Thursday that the Idaho Stampede will host the 2006 CBA All- Star Classic at the Bank of America Centre.

"We expect the 2006 All-Star Classic to be nothing short of a first-class event," said CBA Commissioner Gary Hunter. "The Bank of America Centre is a tremendous venue to witness a sporting event, and combined with the hospitality in the Treasure Valley and the great support of Stampede fans, we are very excited about our league�s mid-season celebration being hosted by the Idaho Stampede."

The All-Star Classic, which will mark the first time that the Stampede has hosted a league event, will coincide with the CBA�s 60th Anniversary Season, marking the league as the oldest professional basketball league in the world.

"We are thrilled and very excited to host the All-Star Classic during the CBA�s 60th Anniversary Season," stated Stampede Managing Partner Bill Ilett. "Combined with us moving in to our new home in the Bank of America Centre, this will be a great showcase event for our organization and our community, and we will provide an NBA-type of experience that will make this a memorable event for our fans, as well as the league."

The All-Star Classic is a two-day event showcasing the league's best in a Long Distance Shootout and Slam Dunk Contest on the first day, followed by the All- Star game on the second day.

Actual dates of the 2006 event won't be announced until the 2005-06 season scheduled is released.

04/28 17:35:00 ET