Phoenix to host the 2014 WNBA All-star Game in mid-July

Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi. Image: WNBA.
Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi. Image: WNBA.

Phoenix will host the 2014 All-Star game on July 19 at US Airways Center. It will be the second time the Mercury will serve as the home for the showcase of the league’s best players. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN, with tip-off at 3:30 p.m. ET.

The team first hosted the All-Star game in July 17, 2000 at America West Arena.. It was the league’s second All-Star event. The West won that contest, 73-61.

This marks the second consecutive year that Boost Mobile, which became the WNBA’s first leaguewide marquee partner in 2011, will serve as the title partner of the All-Star Game.

“We’re thrilled to again partner with Boost Mobile and bring the WNBA All-Star Game back to Phoenix,” said league president Laurel Richie in a release.  “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.”

“As an organization and a facility, we want to provide the best sports and entertainment experience to our fans, and we are committed to bringing the best events to US Airways Center,” said Jason Rowley, Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury president.  “Hosting the Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game 2014 will do both of those things, and it will give our great players and the league’s great players the opportunity to play in front of the best fans in the WNBA.”


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.

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