- 4 weeks ago
Teams submit bids to the league (same for hosting the NHL entry draft). Typically, the arena (and a secondary venue such as a convention centre or similar building with available space) has to be empty for a period of time prior to the game and needs buy-in from the city/regional government. Because the game has something of a fixed spot on the calendar some cities won't host due to conflicts with other events. Cities have to agree to some specific terms and conditions and have certain requirements on arena size, hotel rooms/location/proximity to venue, proximity to airports/hospitals, etc.
- WillLv 74 weeks ago
The owners and the league schedule the decision at one of their upcoming regular meetings, and open it up for teams to submit bids. Then at the scheduled meeting, the owners vote on which city should get the game.
That said, the owners are pretty good at rotating the game, and acknowledging special dates and events, like new arenas, anniversaries, etc. With 30 teams in the league, hosting the game is pretty much a once-in-a-generation thing, and the owners all discuss the various bids in advance.