Seattle basketball fans may not have the Supersonics anymore – but there’s still a great pro hoops franchise playing in the Emerald City: the WNBA’s Seattle Storm. It doesn’t get much better than the reigning league champion, does it?
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305 Harrison Street,
Seattle, Washington 98109
17,072 is the seating capacity for Storm games. On January 21, 2011, Seattle Center announced that KeyCorp will not renew its agreement for naming rights of the Key Arena, after 15 years of sponsorship. The venue will remain known as Key Arena until a new sponsor is found.
Popular Players Thru The Years
Barry Ackerley, SuperSonics (2000–2001)
Howard Schultz, SuperSonics (2001–2006)
Clay Bennett, owner of the Seattle SuperSonics (2007)
Force 10 Hoops LLC – Dawn Trudeau, Lisa Brummel, Ginny Gilder (2008–present)
Seattle Storm Thru The Years
The Seattle Storm have been one of WNBA’s most consistent franchises since they joined the league in 2000, reaching the playoffs eight times in 11 seasons. In terms of pure success, Seattle can hang its hat on its two WNBA championships, captured in 2004 and 2010, but the team’s presence extends beyond its on-court accomplishments.
The Storm are unique in that they have an all-female ownership group, Force 10 Hoops LLC, composed of Seattle businesswomen Dawn Trudeau, Lisa Brummel and Ginny Gilder. Seattle is also famous for its all-kid dance team, which forms a conga line to lead young fans on the court during breaks in play.
From a pure basketball perspective, the Storm have come a long way since their rough first two seasons, finishing .500 or better every season since 2002. They built brilliantly through the draft. In 2001, Seattle grabbed power forward Lauren Jackson, an eight-time WNBA All-Star, three-time WNBA MVP and the 2010 NBA Finals MVP.
The following year, the Storm drafted guard Sue Bird, a seven-time All-Star. These two have been the franchise’s pillars for a decade.
With players like Jackson and Bird, it’s no surprise that Seattle won a franchise-record 28 games in 2010 and had the best home mark in WNBA history at 17-0.
The sky’s the limit for the Storm!