New York Liberty Announce 2011 Preseason Schedule

New York, NY – February 28, 2011 – The New York Liberty will tip off its 15th season with preseason match-ups against two Eastern Conference rivals, it was announced today.

The Liberty will host its sixth annual “School Day” and first preseason game against Alana Beard and the Washington Mystics at the Prudential Center on Wednesday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m. The “School Day” game offers schools and community groups from the New York tri-state area the opportunity to bring students to a fun, educational and affordable outing.

For the team’s second preseason game, the Liberty will head up to Albany to the Times Union Center to face off against Sylvia Fowles and the Chicago Sky on Friday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m. Liberty season ticket holders will have access to special discounts and a pre-sale for the game in Albany beginning tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will go on-sale to the general public this Friday, March 4 at 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday May 25 10:30 a.m. Washington MysticsPrudential Center
Friday May 277:00 p.m. Chicago Sky Times Union Center

The Liberty, led by two-time WNBA champion Cappie Pondexter will tip off the 2011 regular season on June 5 on the road against the Atlanta Dream. The team’s home opener at Prudential Center is on June 11 against the Indiana Fever. The 2011 season marks the first with the Liberty for new General Manager and Head Coach John Whisenant. Whisenant brings more than 30 years of basketball experience to the Liberty, including a WNBA Championship and Coach of the Year honors with the Sacramento Monarchs.

Liberty 2011 season ticket plans, including special weekday and weekend ticket packages, are available now by calling 212-465-6073 or by visiting Individual game tickets will be available for purchase starting April 11.

The New York Liberty will be temporarily relocated to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey during the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons while Madison Square Garden undergoes a comprehensive, top-to-bottom transformation. The Garden will be closed for the next three summers while on the transformation is completed. The Prudential Center is conveniently located 15 minutes away from The Garden by train.

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