San Antonio Silver Stars to Host 2011 WNBA All-Star Game
|The AT&T Center in San Antonio will host the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game|
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NEW YORK and SAN ANTONIO, March 3, 2011 – The San Antonio Silver Stars will host the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game in San Antonio for the first time in franchise history, the league announced today during a special press conference held at AT&T Center. WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations Renee Brown, Spurs Sports & Entertainment Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Frank Micelli, Silver Stars Director of Business Operations Russell Warren, Silver Stars General Manager and Head Coach Dan Hughes, and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff were among those who participated in the announcement.
The 2011 WNBA All-Star Game will be nationally televised on ABC on Saturday, July 23, at 3:30pm ET (2:30pm CT).
“We are thrilled that San Antonio was selected as the host city for the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game. It is truly an honor for Spurs Sports & Entertainment and the AT&T Center to welcome the world's greatest female basketball players to our city this July,” said Spurs Sports & Entertainment President of Business Operations Rick Pych. “This will be a great opportunity for San Antonio's passionate sports fans to witness and enjoy first hand the WNBA All-Star experience, Texas style! We welcome the opportunity to showcase this premier sporting event here in San Antonio as well as to those that will be watching across the country and around the world."
Individual tickets will be available to the general public at all San Antonio Ticketmaster locations, including by phone at (210) 225-TEAM, or online at ticketmaster.com or sasilverstars.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the AT&T Center Southeast Box Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on weekend event days starting at 10 a.m. or by calling 210-444-5090.
Last year, the WNBA hosted a special midseason showcase, “WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun,” in Uncasville, Conn. Sylvia Fowles of the Chicago Sky was named MVP after scoring a game-high 23 points on 9 for 11 shooting from the field and grabbing eight rebounds as the U.S. National Team beat the WNBA All-Stars 99-72. The game was part of a four-day training camp for the U.S. squad, comprised almost entirely of WNBA players, which was preparing for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in the Czech Republic.
|WNBA ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY|
|July 14, 1999||Madison Square Garden (New York)||West 79||East 61|
|July 17, 2000||America West Arena (Phoenix)||West 73||East 61|
|July 16, 2001||TD Waterhouse Centre (Orlando)||West 80||East 72|
|July 15, 2002||MCI Center (Washington)||West 81||East 76|
|July 12, 2003||Madison Square Garden (New York)||West 84||East 75|
|July 9, 2005||Mohegan Sun Arena (Connecticut)||West 122||East 99|
|July 12, 2006||Madison Square Garden (New York)||East 98||West 82|
|July 15, 2007||Verizon Center (Washington)||East 103||West 99|
|July 25, 2009||Mohegan Sun Arena (Connecticut)||West 133||East 118|
* No All-Star game was held in 2004 and 2008 due to the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece and Beijing, China, respectively. Similarly, no All-Star game was played in 2010, due to the FIBA World Championships in Czech Republic. An exhibition game was conducted at Radio City Music Hall in the summer of 2004, and in 2010, an exhibition game was held at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. with a USA vs. WNBA format in the “WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun.”