Sin City shoots and scores….another professional sports franchise.
The San Antonio Stars of the WNBA will be relocating to Las Vegas for the 2018 season, league officials have announced. Owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, the new team will play its home games at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, one of the city's premier entertainment venues. Although the team's new name has yet to be announced, documents obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal suggest they will stick with the Stars moniker.
“We are thrilled to bring the first major professional basketball team to Las Vegas,” WNBA President Lisa Borders said when the move was announced. “This city and MGM Resorts are synonymous with world-class entertainment. With its culture of diversity and inclusion, MGM Resorts is an ideal fit for the WNBA.”
“We are delighted to welcome the WNBA as our newest partner in professional sports," said MGM Resorts Chief Experience & Marketing Officer Lilian Tomovich. "We appreciate, now more than ever, the league’s confidence in Las Vegas and believe the team will be a tremendous addition to the city.”
Las Vegas has tapped a marquee name to lead the team into its newest chapter: Three-time WNBA champion and former NBA All-Star Bill Laimbeer, who will serve as the team's Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations. After ending his 14-year NBA career (which included back-to-back championships with the Detroit Pistons in 1989-1990), Laimbeer became coach of the Detroit Shock, leading the team to three WNBA Championships and taking home a pair of Coach of the Year Awards. He also coached the New York Liberty for five seasons, guiding the team to the best record in the Eastern Conference from 2015-17 before joining Las Vegas.
So the new team is clearly in good hands and after finishing with the worst record in the WNBA last year, Las Vegas will pick first in the 2018 WNBA Draft after winning the Draft Lottery on Nov. 13.
Clearly, there's a lot for basketball fans in Las Vegas to get excited about in 2018. To be among the first to secure season tickets to see the new team, follow this link and keep it on AXS.com for plenty more on the WNBA and Las Vegas.