Mercury to Host All-Star Festivities for the Second Time

Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014 Set for Phoenix

NEW YORK and PHOENIX, Jan. 22, 2014 - Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014 will take place at US Airways Center in Phoenix, on Saturday, July 19, and will be nationally televised on ESPN, with tip-off at 3:30 p.m. ET (12:30pm PT), WNBA President Laurel J. Richie announced today.

In addition, Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014 will be televised globally in more than 200 countries and territories.

This marks the second consecutive year that Boost Mobile, which became the WNBA’s first league-wide marquee partner in 2011, will serve as the title partner of the All-Star Game. It’s also the second time the All-Star Game will be played in Phoenix. In July 2000, US Airways Center (formerly America West Arena) hosted the WNBA’s mid-season showcase event.

“We’re thrilled to again partner with Boost Mobile and bring the WNBA All-Star Game back to Phoenix,” said Richie. “There has been significant demand for the All-Star Game to be held in the West, and we cannot think of better hosts than the Phoenix Mercury organization and US Airways Center. We look forward to an incredibly memorable All-Star weekend and to showcasing the extraordinary talent of the WNBA in front of the great fans of Phoenix as well as a national television audience.”

“As an organization and a facility, we want to provide the best sports and entertainment experience to our fans, and we are committed to bringing the best events to US Airways Center,” said Jason Rowley, Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury President. “Hosting the Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game 2014 will do both of those things, and it will give our great players and the league’s great players the opportunity to play in front of the best fans in the WNBA.”

The 2000 WNBA All-Star Game in Phoenix saw the Western Conference defeat the Eastern Conference, 73-61, in front of capacity crowd of 17,717 fans. The West, led by a quartet of frontcourt stars – center Lisa Leslie and forwards Tina Thompson, DeLisha Milton, and Yolanda Griffith – helped the West dominate in the paint both in terms of scoring (46-28) and rebounding (60-40). Thompson earned Most Valuable Player honors after posting a game-high 11 rebounds and adding 13 points. Leslie led all scorers with 16 points while Milton added 10 and Griffith contributed a double-double off the bench (10 points and 10 rebounds). Taj McWilliams-Franklin and Tari Phillips led the East with 10 points apiece.

“The only thing that could top playing in All-Star games in front of the great fans in Connecticut, who have always treated me so well, would be the opportunity to play in front of my home fans, the X-Factor, in Phoenix this summer,” said Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury Guard. “Hosting the WNBA All-Star Game is an honor and a reward that our fans and organization have earned. I can’t wait.”

Mercury season ticket holders—exclusive X-Factor Members—have the first opportunity to secure their seats at the best price for Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014, reserved now through Feb. 7, by contacting their account experience specialist. Boost Mobile All-Star tickets are available now to the general public through the purchase of a 2014 Mercury season ticket package or a Mercury All-Star Pack that includes four can’t-miss regular season matchups and the July 19th Boost Mobile All-Star Game at US Airways Center. Log on to PhoenixMercury.com/allstar for more information or call 602.252.WNBA today.



WNBA ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY
Date Location WonLost
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, Fla.) 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 (Uncasville, Conn.) 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 (Uncasville, Conn.)West 130 East 118
July 23, 2011 AT&T Center (San Antonio, Texas)East 118 West 113
July 27, 2013 Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.) West 102 East 98

*In 2010, in advance of the FIBA World Championship, and in 2004, prior to the Athens Olympics, the U.S. Women’s National Team, comprised primarily of WNBA players, squared off against a team of WNBA stars in an exhibition match. No game was held in 2008 or 2012 prior to the Olympic Games in Beijing, China and London, England, respectively.

About the WNBA: The WNBA is a unique global sports property combining competition, sportsmanship, and entertainment value with its status as an icon for social change, achievement, and diversity. The league, which counts Boost Mobile as its leaguewide marquee partner, will tip off its 18th season in May 2014.

Through WNBA Cares, the WNBA is deeply committed to creating programs that improve the quality of life for all people, with a special emphasis on programs that promote a healthy lifestyle and positive body image, increase breast and women’s health awareness, support youth and family development, and focus on education. For more information on the WNBA, log on to www.wnba.com.

About Boost Mobile:Boost Mobile, recently recognized by J.D. Power as “Highest Satisfaction with the Purchase Experience among Non-Contract Wireless Providers,” offers wireless phones and services with no long-term contracts. Boost Mobile redefines value for wireless consumers with its Monthly Unlimited with Shrinking Payments no-contract service, where the longer you stay the less you pay with on-time payments for unlimited voice, text and data. Boost Mobile offers nationwide service on the Nationwide Sprint Network, reaching more than 278 million people, with no long-distance fees. Boost Mobile offers a selection of quality handsets from Samsung, , HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola and BlackBerry , ranging from entry-level to premium Android™ smartphone devices available nationwide at nearly 20,000 major retail stores, including Best Buy, RadioShack, Target, Walgreens and Walmart, Sprint retail stores, independent wireless dealer locations, and on HSN, a leading TV home shopping network. Re-Boost® Cards are available at approximately 100,000 locations throughout the United States. Experience Boost Mobile on the Web at Facebook and Twitter; and purchase products at www.boostmobile.com.

Press Contacts:

Ron Howard, WNBA, 212-407-8641, rhoward@nba.com

Vince Kozar, Phoenix Mercury, 602-379-7994, vkozar@phoenixmercury.com

Danielle Babbington, Boost Mobile, 949-748-3418, danielle.babbington@sprint.com

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