After a one-year stop in San Antonio, the WNBA All-Star Game is returning to the Mohegan Sun Arena in 2015 it was announced on Friday. Connecticut one of the strongest markets for women’s basketball in the United States, and the Mohegan Sun Arena—home of the Connecticut Sun—is the WNBA’s anchor facility in the Nutmeg State.
“With a history of sellout crowds and record-breaking performances on the court, Mohegan Sun Arena has proved to be an all-star venue for our midseason showcase event,” said WNBA President Laurel Richie. “From our hosts—the Mohegan Tribe and the Connecticut Sun—to our players, and the diehard Connecticut fans, our previous All-Star weekends [in Connecticut] have been unforgettable, and we look forward to joining with Boost Mobile to once again create lasting memories.” This will be the third consecutive year that Boost Mobile, the WNBA’s league-wide marquee partner since 2011, will serve as the title sponsor of the All-Star Game.
The 2015 WNBA All-Star Game, which will feature the very best female basketball players in the world, will take place on Saturday, July 25. Tip-off will be at 3:30 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally on ABC, and around the world in more than 200 countries. This is also the fourth time the WNBA’s Midseason Classic will be take place in Connecticut, which hosted in 2005, 2009 and 2013. New York is the only other city to host as many as three.
“We are thrilled that once again the eyes of the world will be on Mohegan Sun Arena,” said Mitchell Etess, chief executive of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority who will be retiring later this year. “The combination of the venue and our passionate fanbase makes us the perfect showcase for the WNBA All-Star Game. This will be our fourth time hosting this event and it is always a highlight of the summer. I know our fans will be excited to come out and support the best women’s basketball players in the world.”
The last time the All-Star Game was played in Connecticut, the Western Conference edged the Eastern Conference 102-98 in 2013. Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks scored 23 points—then an All-Star Game record—and was named the game’s MVP. Parker’s L.A. teammate, Kristi Toliver, added 21 points for the West. The game was most notable as the final All-Star appearance by Tina Thompson, the WNBA’s all-time scoring leader, who retired at the end of the 2013 season. Ivory Latta of the Washington Mystics and Epiphanny Prince, currently with the New York Liberty and then of the Chicago Sky, led the East with 15 points apiece.
Sun full season-ticket and mini-plan holders will have an opportunity to purchase tickets for the game prior to the public sale. Individual tickets will be available to the general public when tickets for individual regular-season games go on sale at all Ticketmaster locations and the Mohegan Sun box office. For more information, please visit connecticutsun.com or call 877.SUN.TIXX.
WNBA ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY
Date Location Won Lost
July 14, 1999 Madison Square Garden (New York) West 79 East 61
July 17, 2000 America West Arena (Phoenix) West 73 East 61
July 16, 2001 TD Waterhouse Centre (Orlando, Fla.) West 80 East 72
July 15, 2002 MCI Center (Washington) West 81 East 76
July 12, 2003 Madison Square Garden (New York) West 84 East 75
July 9, 2005 Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.) West 122 East 99
July 12, 2006 Madison Square Garden (New York) East 98 West 82
July 15, 2007 Verizon Center (Washington) East 103 West 99
July 25, 2009 Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.) West 130 East 118
July 23, 2011 AT&T Center (San Antonio) East 118 West 113
July 27, 2013 Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.) West 102 East 98
July 19, 2014 US Airways Center (Phoenix) East 125 West 124