The McDonald’s All-American Game will remain in Chicago for 2016 after McDonald’s and the United Center agreed to an exercise an option to keep the annual basketball showcase in the town for a sixth consecutive year.
A decision on the location and venue for later games has not been made, according to a news release announcing the 2016 game.
The game is scheduled for March 30, 2016 with the 39th annual boys game at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN and the 15th annual girls game at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
“With local stars like Anthony Davis, Jewell Loyd and Jahlil Okafor, Chicago has played host to the finest high school basketball seniors in the country over the past five years,” said Douglas Freeland, director of the McDonald’s All American Games. “We’re excited to partner with the United Center again next year to bring this great event back to Chicago.”
Organizers say the game has averaged 16,765 fans from 2011-15, the most for any five-year period in event history and add that $2.6 million has been raised for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in that time period.
“The McDonald’s All American Games have brought thousands of fans to the United Center since 2011, further supporting Chicago as the premier U.S. destination for sporting events,” said Kara Bachman, executive director, Chicago Sports Commission. “We’re honored that our city and the United Center can continue its partnership with McDonald’s and host the prestigious Games for the sixth straight year.”