Damn, I love NBA All-Star Weekend.
Getting hit with an uptick of travelers during Presidents Day weekend is nothing out of the ordinary for Salt Lake City International Airport, with holiday-goers taking advantage of the break to hit the ski slopes.
However, Presidents Day weekend 2023 will be a lot more ratcheted-up. In fact, it’ll be historic — so historic that it’ll be nothing like the airport administration and security officials have ever seen before. All this because of NBA All-Star Weekend taking place in downtown Salt Lake City in 2023.
Bill Wyatt, executive director of the Salt Lake City International Airport, said a normal “big day” for them is around 30,000 travelers, but over Presidents Day weekend (Monday to be exact), they’re expecting a 40% increase of traffic, which will be over 40,000 travelers. And as far as the rest of the weekend goes: Yes, that will be busy as hell, too. (RELATED: REPORT: Russell Westbrook Considering Heat, Clippers, Bulls, Wizards To Potentially Sign With After Jazz Buyout)
“We’re going to be setting records on all fronts,” Wyatt told KSL.
The airport is all dressed-up and ready for the biggest event Salt Lake has hosted since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. We’re thrilled to be the first stop for visitors’ #NBAAllStar experiences and hope everyone makes fantastic memories in Salt Lake City! pic.twitter.com/HFp4x9AJTG
— SaltLakeCityAirport (@slcairport) February 16, 2023
I absolutely love how Salt Lake City International Airport got completely swagged-out for NBA All-Star Weekend — it truly is one of the most glorious times of the year. Here’s a shot at some more swagoo:
Salt Lake City Int’l Airport preparing for busiest day ever https://t.co/2OLxSjfAUm #utah #utahnews
— Utah News, Traffic & Weather (@UtahBreaking) February 16, 2023
By the way, these guys have a pretty dope airport. Check out how they have a conveyer belt just for ski gear — swag.
There is a conveyer belt strictly for ski gear in the airport in Salt Lake City. That is so dope that ppl travel with their gear I thought u just rented them lol being exposed to a different lifestyle >>> pic.twitter.com/nUFPh3g7dO
— make another hov ? (@TheNotoriousKIA) February 17, 2023
There are a lot of frustrating things about the new Salt Lake City airport, but this view of the airfield and the mountains is awesome pic.twitter.com/VZ2IwL0qMM
— Jesse Aaron Paul ☀ (@JesseAPaul) February 12, 2023
If you can’t tell, I’m big into airport drip, and NBA All-Star Weekend … let’s get it!