Got a call from Ashley Robinson today. The Storm C was getting the word out about tickets for the WNBA as her new gig in the league’s front office. Don’t get it twisted, the free agent still wants to play this summer and her agent has had conversations with coach Brian Agler about returning.
“You know I always want to be in Seattle,” Robinson said. “We’ll have to see what happens with the draft.”
With the logjam of Camille Little, Ashley Walker, Janell Burse, Lauren Jackson and trade acquisition Le’coe Willingham plus the salary cap and roster space limitations, Robinson is a long-shot. She’s already competing with training camp signees like Australian post Abby Bishop.
The draft is also key because Agler mentioned the need to get a younger post. Keeping both Little and Burse after their contracts expire this season will be financially tough, making a rookie salaries more desirable than a vet for Agler. So, Robinson, with the help of WNBA president Donna Orender, is getting some after-basketball experience if her agent doesn’t find a workable spot for her this summer.
Robinson, who spent the offseason training in her native Dallas, has been in New York for a week working in public relations. She’ll attend Thursday’s draft, escorting fellow Texan Allison Hightower (LSU) around.
“It’ll be my first draft because I was selected in the second round,” said Robinson of her being selected 14th by Phoenix in 2004. “Allison’s from Arlington, so it’s good to see another (Texan) get drafted.”
But to Robinson’s real reason for calling, here’s the news on the Storm selling single-game tickets beginning Thursday:
SEATTLE, Tuesday, April 6, 2010 – The Seattle Storm announced today that single-game tickets for all preseason and regular season games at KeyArena will go on sale Thursday, April 8 beginning at 10 a.m. Single-game tickets start as low as $14, and can be purchased by visiting stormbasketball.com, by calling 1-877-WNBA-TIX, or in person at any Ticketmaster retail location.
Fans are encouraged to get their tickets now as they won’t want to miss out on exclusive promotional items at Storm home games this season. A series of three interlocking Storm bobblehead dolls are headlining the 2010 Storm promotional calendar. Limited quantities of these Storm collectibles featuring Sue Bird, Swin Cash and Lauren Jackson will be made available on select game nights throughout the season. Sue Bird Bobblehead Night is set for Friday, June 25. Sunday, July 25 is Swin Cash Bobblehead Night and Lauren Jackson Bobblehead Night is Saturday, August 7.
Additionally, the first 3,000 fans to enter KeyArena on Sunday, May 16 will receive a Storm “Bring It” T-shirt. On Friday, June 11 Storm fans can pick up the official 2010 Storm team poster and on Saturday, August 21 the first 3,000 Storm fans will receive a “Beat L.A.” T-shirt.
The team also invites fans of all ages to a series of special-event games, featuring themed entertainment, activities, giveaways and offers. The Storm’s 2010 theme night schedule includes Go Green Night presented by Carter Subaru on Tuesday, June 1; Women in Sports Night on Friday, June 11; Dads & Daughters Night on Sunday, June 20; Kids Day on Tuesday, July 6 and Women of Inspiration Night on Friday, July 30. For more information and a complete list of 2010 Storm theme nights, fans are encouraged to log on to stormbasketball.com.
The Seattle Storm will open its 2010 WNBA schedule on Sunday, May 16 in a 6 p.m. matchup versus Western Conference rival Los Angeles Sparks at KeyArena. The Storm will play on national television four times with all broadcasts airing on ESPN2. Highlighting the Storm’s national television coverage is a KeyArena home game against defending WNBA Champion and league MVP Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 27.
For additional information about the Storm or 2010 Storm full-season tickets, group tickets or ticket packages, please call 206-217-WNBA or log on to stormbasketball.com