- Defending Eastern Conference champion tips off season on May 25 -
ATLANTA, January 19, 2012 The Atlanta Dream will tip off the 2012 regular season on the road against the Indiana Fever on May 19. The Dream opens its home schedule with two Memorial Day weekend matchups, hosting the New York Liberty in the home opener on May 25 at 7:30 p.m. and the Indiana Fever on May 27 at 3:00 p.m.
The Dream will play 17 home games this summer at Philips Arena, including nine weekend dates. Highlights include a visit by Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks on June 15, a Fathers Day matchup against the Connecticut Sun on June 17 and the annual noon-tipoff Kids Day game against the Indiana Fever on June 26. The Dream will also host a WNBA Finals re-match against Maya Moore and the defending champion Minnesota Lynx on August 25 in a nationally televised contest on ESPN2.
Combined coverage of the WNBA regular season, Playoffs, and Finals on ABC, ESPN2 and NBA TV, the leagues 24-hour television network, will feature over 80 contests. ESPN2 will air 11 regular-season games nationally throughout the season and cap the season with an expanded number of telecasts during the WNBA Playoffs. NBA TV will broadcast more than 40 games throughout the regular season and provide additional post-season coverage.
With as many as 20 WNBA players likely to represent their respective countries in a quest for the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London (July 27-Aug. 12), the league has not scheduled any games between July 14-Aug. 15. Similar to the 2004 and 2008 seasons that also saw a break in the schedule for the Olympics, WNBA teams and players will remain active in their local communities during the hiatus. Players not competing in the Olympics will participate in a variety of community-based events and activities designed to give fans a unique opportunity to interact with their favorite WNBA teams.
The Atlanta Dream tips off its fifth season this summer at Philips Arena as part of the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA), the worlds longest-running womens professional sports league. The Dream, the defending Eastern Conference champion, opens its home schedule on May 25 against the New York Liberty. Season and group tickets are on sale now and individual tickets will be available for purchase in the spring. For more information, visit www.AtlantaDream.net or call (877) 977-7729.