Move over NHL and NFL, there is a new pro sports team in Las Vegas. The WNBA has joined the lineup with the Las Vegas Aces, and they are already making a splash.
The Las Vegas Aces may not be a new WNBA team, but they are new to Sin city. The franchise relocated from San Antonio, where it sent 15 seasons and made the WNBA Finals in 2008. The team originally started league play in Salt Lake City for the 1997 season before moving to Texas in 2003. Named the “Starzz” in Utah and the “Silver Stars”/“Stars” in Texas, the organization chose a new name for its Las Vegas residency, and it reflects the spirit of the city.
The team is under the tutelage of new coach NBA Hall of Famer Bill Laimber, who won three WNBA championships with Detroit Shock. On the court, the Aces are led by 2018 number one draft pick A’ja Wilson, a six-foot, four-inch center drafted out of South Carolina, and five-foot-ten-inch guard Kayla McBride out of Notre Dame.
The team plays in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, which received a $10 million makeover complete with new seats and scoreboard and is a class one basketball setting for about 7,5000 fans.
Las Vegas has held a prominent spot in the history of sports. Its been home to over 100 PGA and Championship golf tournaments and is known for legendary fights. The city stepped up its pro sports game in 2017 with the launch of the Vegas Golden Knights NHL team and the deal-brokering of the NFL’s Raiders stadium. Now we get to sit back and enjoy the WNBA with the addition of the Las Vegas Aces.