Wake up, Seattle and Tacoma: We presently have a pro basketball team in Seattle. In the 12 seasons it has been here, this team has made the WNBA playoffs nine times and brought home the WNBA title in 2004! The team stayed when the Sonics left.
A small, private group of committed women who wanted to have women’s pro basketball stay in Seattle bought the Storm. They didn’t demand a new stadium, then leave to Oklahoma when they didn’t get it.
Several Storm players qualified for the All-Stars and a few even for Olympic competition. They are one of the WNBA’s most successful teams. For the last four years, since the departure of the men’s pro basketball team, these gals have helped keep the lights on in the Key Arena. Their ardent fans have even raised the roof on more than one occasion.
If you’ve not yet been to a Storm game, it’s a family event and a lot of fun. Many fans of all ages, from toddlers to cotton-tops, fill the arena seats.
I hear men’s pro basketball may finally be returning to Seattle, with the promise of a sparkly new stadium. Hopefully they, too, will bring a winning team to join the outstanding women’s Seattle Storm. Go, Storm!