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Key Dates: 2018 WNBA Season

Below are the key dates for the 2018 WNBA season. Stay tuned for key dates for 2019.

March 30-April 1: NCAA Women’s Final Four

April 12: WNBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm
April 29: 
Training camps open

May 6-13: Preseason games
May 17:
Final roster cut-down deadline — 12 players, 5:00 PM ET
May 18: 
WNBA Tip-Off 2018 presented by Verizon

June: WNBA Pride Month

July 23: Trade deadline, 8:00 PM ET
July 28: Verizon WNBA All-Star 2018 – Minneapolis, 3:30 PM ET

August: WNBA FIT Month presented by Kaiser Permanente
August: WNBA Breast Health Awareness
August 19: End of regular season
August 21: Playoffs begin
August 21: Single-elimination Round 1 games on ESPN2
August 23: Single-elimination Round 2 games on ESPN2
August 26: Best-of-5 Semifinals begin on ESPN2

September 4: Winner-take-all Semifinals Game 5s (Mystics-Dream: 8 PM ET, ESPN2; Mercury-Storm: 10 PM ET, ESPNews/NBA TV)
September 7: WNBA Finals presented by YouTube TV Game 1 on ESPN2
September 9: WNBA Finals presented by YouTube TV Game 2 on ABC
September 12: 
WNBA Finals presented by YouTube TV Game 3 on ESPN2
September 25: WNBA Inspiring Women Luncheon presented by ESPN