Phoenix to Host WNBA All-Star 2014 Game

Phoenix to Host WNBA All-Star 2014 Game

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wnba_allstar_logo_640Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014 will take place at US Airways Center in Phoenix, on Saturday, July 19, and will be nationally televised on ESPN, with tip-off at 3:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. PT), WNBA President Laurel J. Richie announced Wednesday.

In addition, Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014 will be televised globally in more than 200 countries and territories.

This marks the second consecutive year that Boost Mobile, which became the WNBA’s first leaguewide marquee partner in 2011, will serve as the title partner of the All-Star Game. It’s also the second time the All-Star Game will be played in Phoenix. In July 2000, US Airways Center (formerly America West Arena) hosted the WNBA’s mid-season showcase event.

“We’re thrilled to again partner with Boost Mobile and bring the WNBA All-Star Game back to Phoenix,” said Richie.  “There has been significant demand for the All-Star Game to be held in the West, and we cannot think of better hosts than the Phoenix Mercury organization and US Airways Center.  We look forward to an incredibly memorable All-Star weekend and to showcasing the extraordinary talent of the WNBA in front of the great fans of Phoenix as well as a national television audience.”

“As an organization and a facility, we want to provide the best sports and entertainment experience to our fans, and we are committed to bringing the best events to US Airways Center,” said Jason Rowley, Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury President.  “Hosting the Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game 2014 will do both of those things, and it will give our great players and the league’s great players the opportunity to play in front of the best fans in the WNBA.”

The 2000 WNBA All-Star Game in Phoenix saw the Western Conference defeat the Eastern Conference, 73-61, in front of a capacity crowd of 17,717 fans.  The West, led by a quartet of frontcourt stars – center Lisa Leslie and forwards Tina Thompson, DeLisha Milton, and Yolanda Griffith – helped the West dominate in the paint both in terms of scoring (46-28) and rebounding (60-40).  Thompson earned Most Valuable Player honors after posting a game-high 11 rebounds and adding 13 points.  Leslie led all scorers with 16 points while Milton added 10 and Griffith contributed a double-double off the bench (10 points and 10 rebounds).  Taj McWilliams-Franklin and Tari Phillips led the East with 10 points apiece.

“The only thing that could top playing in All-Star Games in front of the great fans in Connecticut, who have always treated me so well, would be the opportunity to play in front of my home fans, the X-Factor, in Phoenix this summer,” said Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury Guard.  “Hosting the WNBA All-Star Game is an honor and a reward that our fans and organization have earned.  I can’t wait.”

Mercury season ticket holders—exclusive X-Factor Members—have the first opportunity to secure their seats at the best price for Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014, reserved now through Feb. 7, by contacting their account experience specialist.  Boost Mobile All-Star tickets are available now to the general public through the purchase of a 2014 Mercury season ticket package or a Mercury All-Star Pack that includes four can’t-miss regular- season match-ups and the July 19 Boost Mobile All-Star Game at US Airways Center. Log on to PhoenixMercury.com/allstar for more information or call 602.252.WNBA.

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