The San Antonio Stars are headed to Las Vegas, thanks to MGM Resorts. The hospitality company purchased the WNBA team, which will play home games at the Mandalay Bay Events Center beginning in May 2018, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
"Mandalay Bay is a smaller, more intimate arena with about 12,000 seats," said the chief experience and marketing officer for MGM Resorts, Lilian Tomovich. "We feel it's the absolute right size arena for the fans to have that intimate experience to come watch basketball."
While the Stars have had the league's worst record the last three seasons, Tomovich added that MGM is "very optimistic about the success of this franchise."
"Bringing a WNBA team here to Las Vegas just seemed like a natural evolution for us," she said.
The Minnesota Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 85-76 in Game 5 of the WNBA finals Wednesday night, securing their fourth championship in seven years, tying the Houston Comets in all-time WNBA titles. Sylvia Fowles — both the regular season and WNBA Finals MVP — scored 17 points and grabbed 20 rebounds for the Lynx, while Maya Moore had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Lindsay Whalen sank 17 points and had eight assists. Candace Parker was the top scorer for the Sparks, last year's champions, with 19 points and 15 rebounds.
This was the sixth trip to the finals in seven years for Minnesota, after winning just one playoff game in their first 12 seasons. Their record from 2011 puts them in the same league as the early Comets, when Cynthia Cooper and Sheryl Swoopes ruled the court. "They wanted to take their place next to the Houston Comets," said Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve. "So they did it." Peter Weber