Following a successful WNBA all-star game in Seattle this past summer, Minnesota will get a chance to host the league’s mid-season event next year, the team and league announced today.
The game will be played on July 28 at the Target Center, which is currently going through renovations. The upgrades should be completed in time for the Lynx to play the full 2018 season in Minneapolis. This year, the team has played its home games at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Information about how fans can sign up for ticket information is posted on the Lynx Website.
One reason the game in Seattle garnered so much attention and excitement was it because it also served as a de facto celebration of Storm point guard Sue Bird. Minnesota has a constellation of stars including local legend Lindsay Whalen, frequent all-star MVP Maya Moore and current WNBA MVP candidate Sylvia Fowles. Moore has a chance to earn her third consecutive all-star MVP award at the game.
The city of Minneapolis is supportive of the game coming to town. Mayor Betsy Hodges said, “this opportunity to bring a world-class event such as the WNBA All-Star Game to Target Center is something we celebrate today and look forward to celebrating next summer.”