WNBA Expands Canadian Presence: Edmonton Hosts Preseason Game Featuring Sparks vs Storm

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The WNBA Brings a Second Preseason Game to Canada

The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), together with NBA Canada, has proudly announced plans for a second preseason game on Canadian soil. This follow-up comes as a result of the phenomenal success experienced during the inaugural game held in Toronto. Our sources have confirmed that this forthcoming match is scheduled for May 5 at Rogers Place, Edmonton, casting the spotlight on the Los Angeles Sparks and the Seattle Storm.

First Canadian WNBA Game Showcased Bridget Carleton

The first WNBA game to be held in Canada attracted an impressive turnout of almost 20,000 attendees. The most notable individual highlighted during the game was Team Canada’s very own Bridget Carleton, the Minnesota Lynx’s vibrant addition. With the field set for another memorable event, fans should prepare to witness Kia Nurse, Carleton’s comrade from Team Canada, take center-stage.

Kia Nurse Highlights Upcoming Event with Sparks Against Storm

Playing for the Sparks against her ex-team, the Storm, Nurse is set to be under the supervision of Noelle Quinn, Assistant Coach of Team Canada. Sources from within the WNBA and NBA Canada view this event as not just a game, but an affirmation of the burgeoning interest in women’s basketball across Canada.

Spotlight on WNBA Expansion in Canada

This second game magnifies the potential for WNBA expansion, with talks of Toronto hosting a new team currently in progress. According to WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert, the criteria for selecting a city for expansion are multi-dimensional, with major emphasis on dedicated ownership, the quality of facilities, and the vitality of the market.

The 2024 WNBA Canada Game

Slated for 2024, the WNBA Canada Game has bootstrapped support from financial services provider, Tangerine, thus underscoring the league’s conscious efforts at expansion since 2008. As we have learned from our sources, tickets for the game will go live on Ticketmaster from March 20. This second preseason game confirms the WNBA’s continuing commitment to advancing the profile and growth of women’s basketball in other regions, starting with Canada.


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