ABC to Televise the WNBA’s First Midseason Showcase in the Emerald City
The Verizon WNBA All-Star Game 2017 will be played in KeyArena on July 22, 2017. This is the first time in the league history that the All-Star Game will be played in Seattle.
In the words of nine-time WNBA All-Star Sue Bird, “Seattle has the best fans in the WNBA, and I am so proud to be hosting the Verizon WNBA All-Star Game in our hometown. This event celebrates world-class basketball, and there is no other city more deserving than Seattle.”
Single game tickets will go on sale in spring 2017, but there is a priority ticket list maintained by the Storm. Sign up here to be added to the list: sign me up.
“As we embark upon the league’s 21st season, we’re thrilled to bring Verizon WNBA All-Star to Seattle and its great fan base for the first time,” said WNBA President Lisa Borders. “Historically, the All-Star Game has highlighted the absolute best in our world-class players – from Lisa Leslie’s dunk, to Shoni Schimmel’s otherworldly performance as a rookie, to the record-setting scoring efforts of Candace Parker in 2013 and Maya Moore in 2015 – and this time should only bring more excitement and moments for all to enjoy.”
“It is an honor to bring Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017 to Seattle, for our fans, our team and for this city. The combination of the city of Seattle and our passionate fanbase will make this the perfect showcase for the best women’s basketball players in the world,” said Alisha Valavanis, Seattle Storm President & General Manager.
The most recent WNBA All-Star Game, held in 2015 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., saw the Western Conference defeat the Eastern Conference 117-112. MVP Maya Moore led the West with an All-Star Game-record 30 points to go with six rebounds and five assists. The game was highlighted by the final All-Star appearance of WNBA all-time leading rebounder Tamika Catchings, who would go on to retire after the 2016 season. The WNBA did not have an All-Star Game in 2016 due to the Summer Olympics.
The game will be nationally televised by ABC on Saturday, July 22 at 3:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. PT), and will be broadcast globally in more than 200 countries and territories.