Storm to Play Sparks in Historic 'Sunset Showdown'

April 5, 2010

SEATTLE - The Seattle Storm announced today that its Saturday, June 5 matchup against the Los Angeles Sparks will be played at 8 p.m. under the stars at the Home Depot Center’s Tennis Stadium. The historic event will mark only the second time in professional basketball that a regular-season game has been played outdoors.

“The Storm is extremely proud to be participating along with the Los Angeles Sparks in this historic event,” said Karen Bryant, Seattle Storm CEO. “The Sunset Showdown will be an exciting and memorable experience for all in attendance and it’s only appropriate that these two teams are meeting outdoors. Our combined rosters boast the WNBA’s elite and what better way to watch WNBA basketball at its best. I can only imagine the passion and energy our fans will bring with them for the trip; this truly is going to be an extraordinary night.”

“We are thrilled to bring the excitement of the WNBA to Carson with the Sparks Sunset Showdown,” said WNBA President Donna Orender. “It is an amazing opportunity for two league rivals, the Sparks and the Storm, to play at a great venue like the Home Depot Center.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the Storm in our efforts to engage families throughout the Southland and in Seattle to get outside and see two of the league’s best play,” said Kristin Bernert, Los Angeles Sparks president. “While our rivalry on the court is storied, this is our chance to come together for a ‘first’ in the Western Conference.”

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Storm fans interested in attending the Sunset Showdown are encouraged to click here to learn about exclusive travel discounts being made available courtesy of Alaska Airlines and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Additionally, the Sparks are providing Storm fans with a special ticket offer of a $55 seat behind the Storm bench for just $40.

The Storm will complete the back-to-back by returning to KeyArena on Sunday, June 6 for a 6 p.m. contest vs. the Phoenix Mercury. For additional information about the Storm or 2010 Storm full-season tickets or ticket packages, please call 206-217-WNBA or click here.