For anyone who doubts the popularity of women’s basketball in Connecticut, the Connecticut Sun Arena will serve as host for the WNBA All-Star Game for the third time, tying Madison Square Garden for most times hosting the event. The game, which will pit the best players from the Eastern Conference against the best from the West, will be played on Sat., July 27. The game will be televised nationally on ABC. And beginning on Sunday, fans will be able to vote for their favorite players to participate in the WNBA’s annual showcase event, which this year will be sponsored by Boost Mobile.
The 60 players included on the ballot represent all 12 WNBA teams. Voters are asked to select two guards and three frontcourt players (forwards and/or centers) from each conference. A write-in option is also available, allowing fans to choose players not listed on the ballot.
Fans will be able to share their All-Star picks with friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter, and encourage others to cast their ballots.
The WNBA will announce the starters on ESPN2 on July 18 during the nationally televised game featuring Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury against the Los Angeles Sparks. Reserves will be announced on ESPN2 on July 23, during the game between the New York Liberty and the Indiana Fever.
Tickets for the 2013 WNBA All-Star Game are currently on sale and are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office between 10 a.m. And 8 p.m. Daily, at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or online at ticketmaster.com and connecticutsun.com.
“[The 2013 WNBA All-Star Game] is a celebration of the greatest women’s basketball players in the world and a showcase event for fans of the WNBA,” said WNBA President Laurel J. Richie. “I can’t think of a better way to engage with our fans than to have them select the All-Star starting lineups.”
This will be the first WNBA All-Star Game in two years. Last year, the league halted play for a month so that its top players could compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Helmed by UConn coach Geno Auriemma, the U.S. Women’s basketball team won their fifth straight gold medal—their seventh overall.
In 2011, the WNBA All-Star Game was played in San Antonio with East prevailing 118-113. That game featured a record 10 first-time All-Stars and was marked by a halftime ceremony honoring the top 15 players in the 15-year history of the WNBA. Former UConn star Swin Cash, then playing for the Seattle Storm and currently with the Chicago Sky, led the West with 21 points and 12 rebounds and was named MVP for the second time in her career, joining Lisa Leslie of the Los Angeles Sparks as the only players with multiple WNBA All-Star MVP awards. Cash also earned the honor in 2009.