Professional Basketball

Minneapolis to host 2018 WNBA All-Star Game


ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Lynx and the WNBA announced that the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game will be held at 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday July 28, 2018 at Target Center in Minneapolis.

The announcement was made at the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday afternoon by WNBA Chief Operating Officer Jay Parry.

“The WNBA is excited to come to Minnesota in 2018. The ownership group led by Glen Taylor, the front office staff, and all the executive team is amazing, and you’ve got a phenomenal team on the court as well. That, plus the passionate fans, it’s just a great combination for us to bring All-Star next year,” Parry said.

According to Carley Knox, vice president of Lynx business operations, the team put in a bid to the league early in the 2017 WNBA season through a partnership with the City of Minneapolis, Meet Minneapolis and Sports Minneapolis.

“The bid that we developed, I would be hard pressed to find if the WNBA had a better bid package that came through,” said Knox. “We’re looking forward to taking things to the next level and doing things that have never been done before for the All-Star game.”

Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen grew up in Hutchinson, Minnesota, played her college ball at the University of Minnesota and is now playing here professionally. She was proud that her team will host the league’s showcase event.

“I think it’s pretty cool to have the game here. It gives our fans a chance to show the league how supportive we are of the league and it’s players,” said Whalen. “Growing up here, there are a lot of little girls that are hopefully going to be coming to the game and seeing how talented these players are and maybe they can be one someday.”

Knox said that the time was right for Minneapolis and the Lynx to host the game.

“We’ve been talking about it for years and we’ve always wanted to do it. We knew that we had an incredible foundation to build this event on, so we were just waiting for the Target Center renovation to be completed,” said added.

The Lynx will play their 20th season next year in a renovated arena and with a fresh look as their new logo was unveiled during the Aug. 11 game against the Los Angeles Sparks. Hosting the All-Star game will only enhance that.

The new logo looks similar to the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA team and the Iowa Wolves of the NBA G League, two other franchises owned by the organization. The similarity of the logos is on purpose as it attempts to unify the three teams visually within a single organization.

“As we move back into Target Center next season, we wanted an identity that honors the achievements of the past while capturing the hopes and dreams of another generation of Lynx fans,” said Timberwolves & Lynx CEO Ethan Casson. “This new mark of the Minnesota Lynx reflects the fierce determination of our team and the barriers that have been broken in establishing ourselves as an elite organization locally and within the WNBA. New logo, new uniforms and a new home court will help celebrate our 20th season in our renovated home and lead us into the next twenty.”

Tickets for the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game will be made available to the general public sometime in the spring.

“We’re going to have some really creative, never been done before, unique events to engage the city and our fan base and hopefully draw some new fans in to come and see some of the best basketball players in the world,” Knox concluded.

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