The Making of 2011 All-Star Weekend
While the Silver Stars held their morning shootaround at KeyArena in Seattle, things continued rolling in San Antonio.
WNBA All-stars and legends began arriving late Wednesday and early Thursday in preparation for an early weekend. All-stars from San Antonio and Seattle, as well as the Seattle coaching staff will depart KeyArena for Seattle-Tacoma Airport and a red eye flight following the game.
WNBA President Laurel Richie kicked off the weekend media circuit with visits to local morning shows. Be sure to catch WNBA All-Stars on morning shows on KABB, KENS, KSAT and WOAI tomorrow.
The WNBA staff got to work from the AT&T Center while the SS&E buidling crew prepared the building for tomorrow's open practices.
The community relations team made another trip to Ft. Sam Houston in preparation for tomorrow's events. The group from the WNBA met with volunteers at the METC Fitness Center - in preparation for the Dribble to Stop Diabetes clinic - the Campbell Memorial Library - for the BBVA Compass Reading Counts event - and the Center for the Intrepid.
Stay tuned to SASilverStars.com for more All-Star updates. Be sure to join us tomorrow beginning at 3 p.m. for open practices at the AT&T Center. Admission and parking is free of charge.
July 20, 2011
More than four months of planning and preparation are coming together at the AT&T Center this weekend.
On March 3, the WNBA and Spurs Sports & Entertainment announced that San Antonio has been selected to host the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game. It marks the first time hosting for the Silver Stars and the second time the league's midseason showcase will be hosted by a Western Conference team.
Since the announcement, both the WNBA and SS&E staffs have worked tirelessly to add Texas flair to the WNBA's marquee event with the goal of making the weekend memorable for players an fans alike. Through weekly conference calls, personnel with responsibilities ranging from ticket sales to game operations on both staffs have been working through all the details to insure a smooth and successful weekend.
Wednesday marked the beginning of the culmination of four months of work. Former Silver Star Helen Darling helped kick off the community events, teaming up with the America is Your Park Program at San Antonio Missions National Park. As part of the event, Darling led area youth from the Boys and Girls Club in a fitness activity.
Wednesday also marked the final weekly All-Star conference call leading up to the event. With WNBA personnel arriving in San Antonio throughout the day, many members of the team from New York and New Jersey were able to join the call from the AT&T Center.
Following the call, the community relations teams from the WNBA and SS&E set off for Fort Sam Houston. The group conducted preliminary site visits at the METC Fitness Center and Campbell Memorial Library, readying for a series of community events with WNBA All-Stars and legends on Friday morning.
WNBA President Laurel Richie also arrived in San Antonio on Wednesday, ready to kickoff the All-Star Game media circuit with visits to local morning shows on Thursday.
Check back to SASilverStars.com for more Behind the Scenes updates as the countdown to the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game continues.