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|The AT&T Center in San Antonio will host the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game|
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NEW YORK, June 9, 2011 – 2011 WNBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile will launch on Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m. ET. The San Antonio Silver Stars will host the WNBA All-Star game for the first time in franchise history. ABC will nationally broadcast the game, which will take place on Saturday, July 23, at 3:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. CT).
The 60 players included on the ballot represent all 12 WNBA teams. Voters are asked to select two guards, two forwards, and one center from each conference. A write-in option is also available, allowing fans to choose players not listed on the ballot.
The 2011 WNBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile allows fans around the world to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game. Fans can cast their votes in a variety of ways, including on wnba.com, and through mobile phones by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 or by visiting m.wnba.com on any wireless carrier. All balloting will conclude at midnight ET on July 10.
Fans can also vote directly on WNBA.com or use their Facebook profile information to help create a WNBA.com All-Access account, enabling them to complete a ballot. After submitting their All-Star selections, fans will be able to share them with their friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter, and encourage others to cast their ballots.
Following the completion of fan voting, the WNBA will unveil the starters on ESPN2 on July 14 during the nationally televised game between the Seattle Storm and San Antonio Silver Stars. The league will announce the reserves – which WNBA head coaches will select – on ESPN2 on July 19, during the game between the Storm and the Chicago Sky.
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.