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WNBA 2011 ALL-STAR GAME LOCATION ANNOUNCED

WNBA 2011 ALL-STAR GAME LOCATION ANNOUNCED

SAN ANTONIO SILVER STARS TO HOST 2011 WNBA ALL-STAR GAME

AT AT&T CENTER

— The World’s Greatest Female Basketball Players to Showcase Talent for Fans —

NEW YORK and SAN ANTONIO, March 3, 2011 – The San Antonio Silver Stars will host the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game in San Antonio for the first time in franchise history, the league announced today during a special press conference held at AT&T Center.  WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations Renee Brown, Spurs Sports & Entertainment Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Frank Micelli, Silver Stars Director of Business Operations Russell Warren, Silver Stars General Manager and Head Coach Dan Hughes, and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff were among those who participated in the announcement.

The 2011 WNBA All-Star Game will be nationally televised on ABC on Saturday, July 23, at 3:30pm ET (2:30pm CT).

“As we celebrate the league’s 15th season, we’re thrilled to bring the WNBA All-Star Game to San Antonio for the first time and have the Silver Stars and AT&T Center serve as our hosts,” said Brown.  “We look forward to showcasing the extraordinary talent of our world-class players, and providing the community with an incredible fan and family friendly event.”

“We are thrilled that San Antonio was selected as the host city for the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game. It is truly an honor for Spurs Sports & Entertainment and the AT&T Center to welcome the world’s greatest female basketball players to our city this July,” said Spurs Sports & Entertainment President of Business Operations Rick Pych. “This will be a great opportunity for San Antonio’s passionate sports fans to witness and enjoy first hand the WNBA All-Star experience, Texas style!  We welcome the opportunity to showcase this premier sporting event here in San Antonio as well as to those that will be watching across the country and around the world.”

REWIND: WNBA All-Star Game 2010-“The Stars at the Sun”

Individual tickets will be available to the general public at all San Antonio Ticketmaster locations, including by phone at (210) 225-TEAM, or online at ticketmaster.com or sasilverstars.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the AT&T Center Southeast Box Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on weekend event days starting at 10 a.m. or by calling 210-444-5090.

Last year, the WNBA hosted a special midseason showcase, “WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun,” in Uncasville, Conn.  Sylvia Fowles of the Chicago Sky was named MVP after scoring a game-high 23 points on 9 for 11 shooting from the field and grabbing eight rebounds as the U.S. National Team beat the WNBA All-Stars 99-72.  The game was part of a four-day training camp for the U.S. squad, comprised almost entirely of WNBA players, which was preparing for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in the Czech Republic.

WNBA ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY

Date Location W L

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)         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 (Connecticut)         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 (Connecticut)         West         133         East    118

* No All-Star game was held in 2004 and 2008 due to the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece and Beijing, China, respectively.  Similarly, no All-Star game was played in 2010, due to the FIBA World Championships in Czech Republic. An exhibition game was conducted at Radio City Music Hall in the summer of 2004, and in 2010, an exhibition game was held at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. with a USA vs. WNBA format in the “WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun.”

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