Dream partners with SkateLyfe TV to announce record 20-game home stand
ATLANTA, Ga. (November 30, 2022) – The WNBA’s Atlanta Dream will tip off their 16th season in May 2023, starting the summer on the road against the Dallas Wings on Saturday, May 20, the league announced Wednesday afternoon.
“We look forward to building on a foundational 2022 season and bringing a new level of excitement to the court in 2023,” said head coach Tanisha Wright. “We can’t wait to play in front of our fans and showcase the greatest athletes in the world right here in our hometown of Atlanta.”
The Dream will open their season at home in Gateway Center Arena on Sunday, May 28, hosting the Indiana Fever at 3:00 p.m. ET. The game marks the first of a five-game homestand to open the season, where the Dream will host the Chicago Sky, Las Vegas Aces, New York Liberty and the Connecticut Sun.
The expanded 2023 WNBA Schedule will see each team play 40 games (up from 18 in 2022), the most in the league’s 26-year history. In the expanded schedule, the Dream will face all Eastern Conference opponents – Chicago, Connecticut, Indiana, New York and Washington – along with Los Angeles and Las Vegas four times each. Seven of the Dream’s first 10 games are Commissioner’s Cup matchups, giving Atlanta a chance to jump out to an early lead in the competition.
“Our passionate fans show up for the city of Atlanta every game and provide one of the most authentic and energetic home court advantages in the league,” Wright said. “We are excited about the growth of the WNBA schedule and the opportunity to play more games in Atlanta.”
Atlanta’s 2023 home schedule includes 13 weekend dates, comprised of six Friday night games and six Sunday afternoon games, and a lone Saturday daytime matchup against Connecticut on July 22. The Dream recorded eight sellouts in the 2022 regular season at Gateway Center Arena – Wright’s and general manager Dan Padover’s first season with Atlanta.
The Dream will play two preseason games this year, heading up to Washington to face the Mystics on Wednesday, May 10 at 11:30 a.m. ET and hosting the Connecticut Sun on Sunday, May 14 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
The Schedule Release video content taps into both the nostalgia and recent resurgence roller skating has seen in Atlanta, which has (as expected) influenced everyone.
A full broadcast schedule with national and locally broadcasted games will be announced on a later date.
The Atlanta Dream teamed up with renowned skate videographer and owner of SkateLyfe TV, Chad Harrell, to announce the Dream’s 2023 schedule. The backdrop highlights Sparkles, a staple rink famous in the Atlanta community, and features roller skating talent such as celebrity skate instructor P.U.S.H., local skate crews, and a cameo from Dream co-owner and vice president Renee Montgomery.
The video taps into both the nostalgia and recent resurgence roller skating has seen in Atlanta, which has expectedly led to a renaissance of the sport nation-wide. Roller skating has an enduring legacy with a rich history woven throughout Atlanta’s culture dating back to the early 1900’s. In metro Atlanta today, the skating community is vibrant and continues to thrive and flourish.
SkateLyfe TV is a roller skating entertainment platform based here in Atlanta. The company was founded in 2017 by Harrell with a mission to shine a light on the talent and positivity that roller staking provides to the world.
— Atlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) November 30, 2022
Commissioner’s Cup presented by Coinbase
The Commissioner’s Cup presented by Coinbase, an in-season tournament pitting conference rivals against each other during the first half of the regular season, will return for its third season. The 10 designated “Cup games” per team will be the first home game and first road game each team plays against its five conference rivals, all completed from May 19 – July 12. The team from each conference with the top record in Commissioner’s Cup presented by Coinbase games will compete for a half-a-million-dollar prize pool in the Commissioner’s Cup Championship presented by Coinbase on Tuesday, Aug. 15. Additional details will be announced at a later date.
AT&T WNBA All-Star 2023
AT&T WNBA All-Star 2023, the 19th All-Star Game in league history, will be played on Saturday, July 15. More information about AT&T WNBA All-Star will be forthcoming.
About the Atlanta Dream
The Atlanta Dream is a professional women’s basketball team based in Atlanta, Ga. that strives to build a place where our team, our fans and our city come together to represent the community we seek to serve. We celebrate diversity, represent Atlanta, reward innovation and imagination, and aim to empower women both on and off the court. The team currently plays home games at the Gateway Center Arena @ College Park and has qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in nine of its first 15 seasons. To learn more about the Dream and purchase 2023 season tickets, please visit dream.wnba.com/tickets or call 877-977-7729.