Meet Skyrider Jill Barry

This week’s spotlight is on Jill Barry-Kessler of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A former basketball player herself and huge women’s basketball fan and supporter of all the teams in the WNBA we are honored that Jill calls herself a Sky Fan.

Jill has been a season ticket holder of a WNBA team since 1998. When she lived in Washington DC, she had Washington Mystics tickets from 1998 until moving to Atlanta in 2005. She then experienced a WNBA drought until 2007, when Atlanta attempted to get a WNBA team in which she was part of the volunteer effort to collect signatures to help get a team. Jill was elated when Atlanta was awarded a team and began playing in the 2008 season and despite the fact that the Dream won all of four games that year, it was an amazing experience to have been a part of. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Jill moved to Milwaukee in February 2009. One of the first things she did was contact the Chicago Sky about season tickets, and so she has been a Sky Season Ticket Holder since the 2009 season, driving down from Milwaukee for all the games. While she has soft spots for the Mystics and the Dream, she has fully adopted the Sky as her team!

Who is your favorite Sky player, past or present?

#1 Tamera Young – Tamera and I share an alma mater (James Madison University in Virginia) and its so coo to see players from mid-major schools make it in the WNBA. I like that Sharnee Zoll is a new member of the Sky, and I probably wont hold it against her that she went to in-state rival University of Virginia.

What is your best memory as a fan?

My best memory of the Sky is when we made the playoffs. Oh, wait...that memory hasn't happened yet, but I know it will soon. My favorite memory Sky memory is my son getting to be a ball kid during player introductions - he was so thrilled!

What is your favorite thing about being a season ticket holder?

My favorite things about being a Season Ticket Holder is the camaraderie of the fans in my section (103); Season Ticket Holder events such as guest speakers and Coach Pokey's pregame chalk talks (I have only so much understanding of what she's talking about in these talks, but she's funny, and there's popcorn); getting visits from the staff (Bryan and Reuven) during the games; and, really, the knowledge that I am supporting this team and this league.

. If you played for the Sky what song would you want to walk out to?

If I played for the Sky, the songs I'd like to walk out to are "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones, "Pressure" by Billy Joel, and "Rock You Like A Hurricane" by The Scorpions, because these were the awesome songs I warmed up to the last time I actually played basketball. In other words, nearly no one on the roster was alive when these songs came out.

What is your favorite concession?

My favorite concession is wine - especially if we are losing and / or during games against teams I can't stand, like Indiana and Phoenix. (I can't say my favorite concession is beer, because I live in Milwaukee, and I can't say I like the beer in Chicago!)

Seriously though, it's great to have the opportunity to come down to Rosemont after a long day at work to relax and enjoy the Sky experience.

If you could have dinner with any Sky player / coach, who would it be?

I would like to have dinner with Petro (Sonja Petrovic) because we could get some great Serbian food! Also, does she know how to Dougie? What is your favorite promotion or give away?

Being a parent of two young kids, I like any giveaway that doesn't make noise or can't be turned into a sword. So you know where I stand on Thunderstix, right?

Do you have any traditions or superstitions related to watching Sky Games?

Usually I attend the games solo, but my Sky tradition is to bring my whole family - my partner and our son and daughter - to the season opener. We drive down from Milwaukee and stay at a hotel adjacent to Allstate Arena. We see the Sky game and participate in the opening-night festivities. We then stay overnight and hit Lego Discovery World and the Super Dawg drive-in the next day.

What is your favorite Chicago Restaurant?

I haven't had a chance to experience fine dining in Chicago, unless you count Super Dawg.

Besides going to Chicago Sky games, what is your favorite thing to do in Chicago?

I don't get a chance to experience many other activities in Chicago but I hope to someday. Right now, besides Sky games, I enjoy seeing classic rock concerts (such as Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band) at Allstate Arena.

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