McDonald’s All-American dunk contest coming to Chicago Theatre

Typically, the McDonald’s All-American Game skills competition and dunk contest normally takes place in a college or high school gym.

That’s going to change in a big way this season.

The Chicago Theatre will be the home for the McDonald’s All-American Games POWERADE Jam Fest this season. Center stage will be transformed into a half-court basketball floor, with patrons watching the stage from their normal theatre based seats.

“We are thrilled to host the POWERADE® Jam Fest on March 28 in what will be the first-ever basketball event at the iconic Chicago Theatre,” Joel Fisher, executive vice president, MSG Sports, said. “Playing basketball on the grand stage will be quite a spectacle and will proudly display the versatility of the legendary Theatre.”

Here are a few photos, taken from the McDonald’s All-American Games official website.

HS players will take center stage at the Chicago Theatre. (McDonald’s All-American Game Official Website)

I’m pretty skeptical on this working out, mostly as it refers to the dunk contest. We’ve seen in the past how basketball floors on non-traditional basketball surfaces have turned ugly and created potential for injury. Also, it seems like there will be fewer surfaces for dunk contest participants to get creative with.

The aesthetics look great, but the jury is out on how this is just a great idea in theory or if it will bear itself out in actuality.

The full rosters for the game and for this event can be found here.

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