An international flavor will pepper the WNBA’s exhibition season with the Atlanta Dream headed to Manchester, England for a tune-up and a Japanese team traveling to Phoenix. But the Storm is keeping it stateside for now as it prepares to defend its 2010 WNBA championship.
The Storm will play the Los Angeles Sparks in Carson, Calif. at noon on May 25 and its final exhibition game is set for May 29 against Tulsa at 2 p.m. at KeyArena. Training camp begins May 15 while Seattle opens its regular season at home against Phoenix on June 4.
Atlanta and a team to be named will travel the farthest, playing at the 18,095-seat Manchester Evening News Arena as part of a new, multiyear partnership between the Manchester City Council and the National Basketball Association.
The previous WNBA game played outside the states was a exhibition matchup between the San Antonio Silver Stars and former Detroit Shock at the Arena de Monterrey in Mexico in May 2004.
Here’s the complete WNBA exhibition schedule as provided by the league (all times are local):
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May 24 Indiana at Minnesota 12:00 p.m. Concordia University St. Paul, Minn.
May 24 JX Sunflowers (Japan) at Phoenix 7:00 p.m. US Airways Center Phoenix, Ariz.
May 25 Washington at New York 10:30 a.m. Prudential Center Newark, NJ
May 25 Seattle at Los Angeles 12:00 p.m. Torodome (Cal State D. Hills) Carson, Calif.
May 25 San Antonio at Connecticut 7:00 p.m. Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, Conn.
May 26 Chicago at Washington 11:30 a.m. Verizon Center Washington, D.C.
May 27 San Antonio at Connecticut 7:00 p.m. Mohegan Sun Arena Wilkes Barre, Penn.
May 27 Chicago at New York 7:00 p.m. Times Union Center Albany, N.Y.
May 28 Phoenix at Los Angeles 7:00 p.m. University Arena (“The Pit”) Albuquerque, N.M.
May 29 Atlanta v. TBD 5:00 p.m. Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester, Eng.
May 29 Tulsa at Seattle 2:00 p.m. KeyArena Seattle, Wash.
May 31 Minnesota at Indiana 7:00 p.m. Conseco Fieldhouse Indianapolis, Ind.