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Storm Opens at KeyArena on May 17 vs. Chicago

December 13, 2007


SEATTLE - The Seattle Storm will open its 2008 WNBA campaign at home at KeyArena on Saturday, May 17 when they play host to the Chicago Sky. The WNBA will tip off its 12th season of play on May 17, as 12 of the league’s 14 teams square off on opening day.

2008 will mark the ninth season for the Storm, who will play on national television four times this season including two broadcasts on ABC and two on ESPN2. Highlighting the Storm’s national television coverage is a home game against Western Conference rival Sacramento on May 20 from KeyArena.

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Weekends will be busy at KeyArena this season as 11 of the 17 regular season Storm home games will be played on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The weekend matchups include the four-time WNBA Champion Houston Comets on Sunday, June 1, the Eastern Conference Champion Detroit Shock on Saturday, June 7 and the return of Lisa Leslie and the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday, July 12.

“2008 will prove to be an exciting season in the WNBA as we will again see some great matchups of the best players in the world competing at KeyArena,” said Storm COO Karen Bryant. “This will also be an intriguing year with the Summer Olympics in the middle of our season with Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson competing. We look forward to another energized season of Storm basketball at KeyArena next summer and we’re continuing to work hard towards our opener on May 17.”

With more than 25 players expected to compete for the gold during the 2008 Olympic Games held in Beijing, China (August 8-24), the league has not scheduled any games between July 28 – August 27. Instead, the WNBA season will be extended by three weeks so WNBA players can represent their home countries in the 2008 Olympic Games.