East and Western Conference All Stars prepare to enter the floor before 9,323 fans at the 2013 WNBA All-Star Game at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The crowd was considered a sell-out for the relatively small arena in Uncasville, Conn. Will the 2014 All-Star Game to be held in Phoenix be able to fill the US Airways Arena whose capacity (18,422) is nearly twice as large? (Photo by Lee Michaelson)
East and Western Conference All Stars prepare to enter the floor before 9,323 fans at the 2013 WNBA All-Star Game at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The crowd was considered a sell-out for the relatively small arena in Uncasville, Conn. Will the 2014 All-Star Game to be held in Phoenix be able to fill the US Airways Arena whose capacity (18,422) is nearly twice as large? (Photo by Lee Michaelson)

2014 WNBA All-Star Game heads West

January 22, 2014 - 4:03pm

The 2014 WNBA All-Star Game will tip off at 3:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. local ) on Saturday, July 19, at US Airways Center in Phoenix, WNBA President Laurel J. Richie announced today. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN, as well as globally in more than 200 countries and territories.

Only twice in the 11-game history of the event has the WNBA All-Star Game been held in the West -- once in San Antonio (2011) and once previously in Phoenix (2000). Still, though the Eastern Conference venues have hosted the overwhelming majority (9-11) of the games, the West has owned the series, 8-3, leaving Western Conference fans to grouse about their inability to watch the best of the game in action.

The last time the US Airways Center (formerly America West Arena) in Phoenix hosted the WNBA’s midseason showcase event, the Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference, 73-61, in front of what was considered a capacity crowd of 17,717 fans. The West, led by a quartet of frontcourt stars – center Lisa Leslie and forwards Tina Thompson, DeLisha Milton, and Yolanda Griffith – dominated in the paint both in terms of scoring (46-28) and rebounding (60-40). Thompson earned Most Valuable Player honors after posting a game-high 11 rebounds and adding 13 points. Leslie led all scorers with 16 points while Milton added 10 and Griffith contributed a double-double off the bench (10 points and 10 rebounds). Taj McWilliams-Franklin and Tari Phillips led the East with 10 points apiece.

“We’re thrilled to again partner with Boost Mobile and bring the WNBA All-Star Game back to Phoenix,” said Richie.  “There has been significant demand for the All-Star Game to be held in the West, and we cannot think of better hosts than the Phoenix Mercury organization and US Airways Center. We look forward to an incredibly memorable All-Star weekend and to showcasing the extraordinary talent of the WNBA in front of the great fans of Phoenix as well as a national television audience.”

“The only thing that could top playing in All-Star Games in front of the great fans in Connecticut, who have always treated me so well, would be the opportunity to play in front of my home fans, the X-Factor, in Phoenix this summer,” said Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury Guard. “Hosting the WNBA All-Star Game is an honor and a reward that our fans and organization have earned.  I can’t wait.”

Mercury season ticket holders—exclusive X-Factor Members—have the first opportunity to secure their seats at the best price for Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014, reserved now through Feb. 7, by contacting their account experience specialist.  Boost Mobile All-Star tickets are available now to the general public through the purchase of a 2014 Mercury season ticket package or a Mercury All-Star Pack that includes four can’t-miss regular- season matchups and the July 19th Boost Mobile All-Star Game at US Airways Center. Log on to PhoenixMercury.com/allstar for more information or call 602.252.WNBA today.

WNBA ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY

Date Location Won Lost
July 14, 1999 Madison Square Garden (New York) West - 79 East - 61
July 17, 2000 America West Arena (Phoenix) West - 73 East - 61
July 16, 2001 TD Waterhouse Centre (Orlando, Fla.) West -80 East - 72
July 15, 2002 MCI Center (Washington West - 81 East - 76
July 12, 2003 Madison Square Garden (New York) West - 84 East - 75
July 9, 2005 Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.) West - 122 East - 99
July 12, 2006 Madison Square Garden (New York) East - 98 West - 82
July 15, 2007 Verizon Center (Washington) East -103 West - 99
July 25, 2009 Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.) West - 130 East - 118
July 23, 2011 AT&T Center (San Antonio, Texas) East - 118 West -113
July 27, 2013 Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.) West - 102 East - 98

*In 2010, in advance of the FIBA World Championship, and in 2004, prior to the Athens Olympics, the U.S. Women’s National Team, comprised primarily of WNBA players, squared off against a team of WNBA stars in an exhibition match. No game was held in 2008 or 2012 prior to the Olympic Games in Beijing, China and London, England, respectively.

Source: Significant portions of this story were provided by a WNBA/Phoenix Mercury press release.