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Defending WNBA Champion Sky and City of Chicago to Host Weekend-Long AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022 Festivities

– AT&T WNBA All-Star Game set for Sunday, July 10, on ABC –

-League to Introduce New, Two-Day “WNBA Live” Event Outdoors at Chicago’s McCormick Place–

-WNBA MTN DEW 3-Point Contest and WNBA Skills Challenge https://www.wnba.com/news/defending-wnba-c…2022-festivities/to be Broadcast by ESPN on Saturday, July 9, from the site of the 2022 Nike TOC and Girls Nike Nationals–

NEW YORK, April 28, 2022 – AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022 will be played in Chicago at the Wintrust Arena, home of the defending WNBA Champion Chicago Sky, on Sunday, July 10 (ABC, noon CT/1 p.m. ET), and will be the centerpiece of a weekend full of WNBA activities, the league announced today. This marks the first time Chicago will host the WNBA’s midseason showcase.

In addition to the AT&T WNBA All-Star Game, the WNBA will unveil its new, two-day, “WNBA Live” at the nearby McCormick Place, the setting for the 2022 Nike Tournament of Champions and the Girls Nike Nationals. An interactive, outdoor event, WNBA Live will provide fans an opportunity to experience the intersection of the WNBA, entertainment and pop culture like never before.

“The WNBA is excited to bring AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022 and an innovative new ‘WNBA Live’ event to Chicago, a city that showed such electric support for the Chicago Sky and the WNBA throughout last season and especially during the WNBA Finals presented by YouTube TV,” said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert.  “We are thrilled to turn AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022 into a weekend-long event that will give WNBA fans incredible opportunities to engage with our brand and partners who have stepped up to support the WNBA. We look forward to unveiling exciting details regarding ‘WNBA Live’ in the weeks to come.”

On Saturday, July 9, some of the league’s biggest and brightest stars will display their talents for a special audience – the participants in the Girls Nike Nationals – as the two WNBA All-Star teams will conduct practices indoors at McCormick Place where the Nike TOC and Girls Nike Nationals are taking place. Then, at 2 p.m. CT (3 p.m. ET), the 2022 MTN DEW 3-Point Contest and WNBA Skills Challenge will take place at McCormick Place, broadcast live by ESPN.

“I look forward to welcoming the WNBA All-Star 2022 championship and festivities to our city,” said Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “Chicago is a city of sports fans, and we’re thrilled to cheer on the Chicago Sky as they defend their title at Wintrust Arena. I’m grateful to AT&T and the WNBA for choosing Chicago for this exciting event as well as the Chicago Sky for continuing to represent the best of our city.”

“As we are continuing to grow the footprint of the Sky and the WNBA, there is no better way to do it than to have the great stars of our WNBA galaxy gathered in Chicago for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022,” said Sky President and CEO Adam Fox. “It’s great for the city, great for the league, and it further solidifies our place in the sports fabric here in the city of Chicago.”

Tickets for the 2022 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game will go on sale on Friday, May 13 at Noon ET.  Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster.com or through the Wintrust Arena box office.  For questions or additional information, log onto sky.wnba.com or call 866-SKY-WNBA.

The 2022 WNBA regular season tips off on Friday, May 6 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 14. The WNBA Playoffs presented by Google will then tip off on Wednesday, Aug. 17. For more information on the WNBA and regular-season game tickets, fans may visit https://www.wnba.com/schedule/or the WNBA app.

WNBA ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY

Date  Location  Won  Lost Score
July 14, 1999 Madison Square Garden (New York) West East 79-61
July 17, 2000 America West Arena (Phoenix) West East 73-61
July 16, 2001 TD Waterhouse Centre (Orlando) West East 80-72
July 15, 2002 MCI Center (Washington) West East 81-76
July 12, 2003 Madison Square Garden (New York) West East 84-75
July 9, 2005 Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.) West East 122-99
July 12, 2006 Madison Square Garden (New York) East West 98-82
July 15, 2007 Verizon Center (Washington) East West 103-99
July 25, 2009 Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.) West East 130-118
July 23, 2011 AT&T Center (San Antonio) East West 118-113
July 27, 2013 Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.) West East 102-98
July 19, 2014 US Airways Center (Phoenix) East West 125-124
July 25, 2015 Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.) West East 117-112
July 22, 2017 KeyArena (Seattle) West East 130-121
July 28, 2018 Target Center (Minneapolis) Team Parker Team Delle Donne 119-112
July 27, 2019 Mandalay Bay Events Center (Las Vegas) Team Delle Donne Team Wilson 129-126
July 14, 2021 Michelob ULTRA Arena (Las Vegas) TEAM WNBA USAB 93-85

 

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, 2012 or 2016 prior to the Olympic Games in Beijing, London and Rio, respectively.  In 2021, prior to the Tokyo Olympics, the All Stars on the U.S. Women’s National Team competed against the remaining WNBA All Stars.

 

 

 

 

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Tipping off its 26th season on May 6, 2022, the WNBA is a bold, progressive basketball league that stands for the power of women.  Featuring 12 teams, the W is a unique sports property that combines competition and entertainment with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and social responsibility.  Through its worldclass athletes, the in-game fan experience, TV and digital broadcasts, digital and social content and community outreach programs, the league celebrates and elevates the game of basketball and the culture around it.

In 2020, the WNBA and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) signed a groundbreaking eight-year CBA that charts a new course for women’s basketball – and women’s sports overall – with a focus on increased player compensation, improvements to the player experience, expanded career development opportunities and resources specifically tailored to the female professional athlete.  Key elements of the agreement are supported through the league’s partnership platform, WNBA Changemakers, with AT&T, the WNBA’s Marquee Partner and inaugural Changemaker, as well as fellow inaugural Changemakers Deloitte and NIKE, Inc, and subsequent additions Google and U.S. Bank.  During the 2020 season, the WNBA and WNBPA launched the WNBA Justice Movement forming the Social Justice Council with the mission of being a driving force of necessary change and continuing conversations about race and voting rights, among other important societal issues.