NEW YORK, July 11, 2002 – Tickets for July 15, 2002, WNBA All-Star Game at the MCI Center sold out yesterday. Capacity for the MCI Center for this game is 19,487. The WNBA also announced today that Brian McKnight will sing the U.S. National Anthem and R&B superstar Ashanti will perform at halftime, which will be carried live on ESPN.

Since his debut in 1992, McKnight has released four multi-platinum albums, with more than 20 chart-topping singles. With her self-titled debut album, Ashanti set a record with the highest sales debut of any first-time female artist and also broke a Billboard record by having three chart entries, including #1 album and #1 single, land in the Top 10 at the same time.

The Mystics have posted one of the best records in the league this season and once again lead the league in attendance. Since WNBA’s debut in Washington in 1998, fans have propelled the Mystics to the top of the WNBA attendance list for three out of the team’s four seasons. The Mystics’ current undefeated streak at home and first place position in the Eastern Conference have added a new level of excitement.

“Not only have our passionate fans in Washington been supportive of the Mystics success this season, they have been there with us from the beginning when we were still building our team,” said Susan O’Malley, President of Washington Sports and Entertainment, operator of the Mystics.

Some of the most powerful women and men in government, sports and entertainment will be under one roof at the MCI Center to catch the action of the All-Star Game. The All-Star Game, featuring the world’s best women basketball players in the world’s leading women’s sports league, will be televised live by ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET.

“All-Star ticket sales have confirmed the Washington area’s status as a hotbed for women’s basketball,” said WNBA President Val Ackerman. “The WNBA is proud to bring one of our premiere events to this great city.”