The full schedule for the five-game 2013 WNBA Finals has been released as follows, according to an Atlanta Dream media relations release:
2013 WNBA Finals Schedule
Game Visitor Home Date Time Television 1 Atlanta Minnesota Sunday, Oct. 6 8:30 p.m. EDT ESPN 2 Atlanta Minnesota Tuesday, Oct. 8 8 p.m. EDT ESPN2 3 Minnesota Atlanta (Gwinnett Center) Thursday, Oct. 10 8:30 p.m. EDT ESPN2 4* Minnesota Atlanta (Gwinnett Center) Sunday, Oct. 13 8 p.m. EDT ESPN2 5 Atlanta Minnesota Wednesday, Oct. 16 8 p.m. EDT ESPN
* If necessary.
According to the release, the Dream will play “at The Arena at Gwinnett Center due to the unavailability of Philips Arena.” Dream fans may remember another time when the team was bumped from Philips Arena, as James has written about a few times and summed up in a 2010 post about the challenges of owning a WNBA team:
If your team goes into the post-season, there’s the very real possibility losing a home game because of some arena scheduling conflict. Last year, Sesame Street Live was scheduled at Philips Arena and the Dream had to find space in Gwinnett for Game 2 of their conference semi-final game against the Detroit Shock. Not only was the Dream getting bumped for Elmo national news (“See? Told you the WNBA was bush league!”) but it gave the Atlanta sports shills a field day and the Dream’s first playoff season came to an end on a “home court” that the players hadn’t so much as visited.
Instead of Elmo, the Dream have been bumped due to Disney on Ice this time, according to Will Hammock of the Gwinnett Daily Post. Yet at least one player will feel at home in the Duluth arena, according to Hammock: Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore.
Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore, who won three state championships as a high school star at Collins Hill, hoisted her state title trophies in the Duluth venue. She wouldn’t mind lifting her second WNBA championship trophy there next week, when the Dream hosts its home portion of the best-of-five series in Gwinnett.
That’s probably not the home court advantage Dream fans were hoping for.
For more on how both the Dream and Lynx made their way to the Finals, check out our 2013 WNBA Finals storystream.