ATLANTA, Feb. 6, 2014 — The Atlanta Dream will begin its quest for a sixth consecutive trip to the WNBA playoffs and fourth trip to the WNBA Finals when the team tips off the 2014 regular season with a home game against the San Antonio Stars on Friday, May 16.
The Dream will play 17 home games this summer, including 11 weekend dates. Highlights include a rematch of the 2013 WNBA Finals against Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx on June 13, a June 3 showdown against Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks, and a visit by Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury on Aug. 13. In addition, the Dream will have a pair of weekday noon tip-offs, with the annual Kid's Day game slated for June 18 against Washington, and a Youth Sports Day on July 29 against Connecticut.
"We are thrilled to kick-off the 18th WNBA season on May 16 in front of our loyal Dream fans and look forward to a number of incredible match-ups against the best players in the world," said Dream Executive Vice-President and General Manager Angela Taylor. "Our coaches, players, and staff are working hard to make this a special year as we seek to bring home our first WNBA Championship. This promises to be another exciting season for the WNBA and our fans."
While Philips Arena will once again serve as the team's home court, for the first time this season, the Dream will play three home games in July at McCamish Pavilion at Georgia Tech. Two of the contests (July 13 and 25) will be against Elena Della Donne and the Chicago Sky, while the other contest is a July 8 match-up with Connecticut.
In addition, three of Atlanta's 17 home games will be nationally televised by ESPN2. Contests slated for June 3 vs. Los Angeles, July 1 vs. Indiana and July 8 vs. Connecticut will all reach a national audience.
The Dream's 34-game schedule for 2014 will include 22 games against the other five teams from the Eastern Conference. The Dream will play five games against Chicago and Indiana, and four each against Connecticut, New York and Washington. The other 12 games will come against the six Western Conference teams, with one home and one road game against each opponent.
Also highlighting the WNBA schedule this year will be the league's 12th All-Star game, when Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014 takes place Saturday, July 19. The game will tip off at the US Airways Center in Phoenix. at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN.
The three-time Eastern Conference Champion Atlanta Dream completed its sixth season in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) in 2013 with a trip to the WNBA Finals. The Dream has qualified for the playoffs in each of the past five seasons, including conference titles in 2013, 2011 and 2010. Season tickets for the 2014 season are now available and can be purchased by calling (877) 977-7729 or visiting www.AtlantaDream.net.