WNBA teams moving games vs. Caitlin Clark, Fever to bigger arenas

Brandon Champion bchampio@mlive.com
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Caitlin Clark’s arrival in the WNBA is impacting more than just the Indiana Fever.

The Washington Mystics announced Thursday that the team’s game against Clark and the Fever on Friday, June 7 will be moved to a bigger arena to accommodate “unprecedented demand.”

The game originally scheduled at the 4,200-seat Entertainment & Sports Arena has been moved to the 20,356-seat Capital One Arena. Tipoff will remain at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ION television as part of the WNBA’s Friday Nights on ION series.

“There has been unprecedented demand for the WNBA this season due in large part to the talent of incoming players from this season’s collegiate draft,” a news release said.

The Mystics are the second team to move a game vs. the Fever. The 2-time defending champion Las Vegas Aces previously announced their game on July 2 will move from the 12,000-seat Michelob Ultra Arena at Mandalay Bay to T-Mobile Arena, which can hold 18,000 basketball fans.

More teams will likely follow in moving games so that more fans can get tickets.

Clark, along with stars like Cameron Brink, Kamilla Cardosa, Aaliyah Edwards and Angel Reese, helped drive women’s college basketball to record-setting TV ratings this March.

Clark, the the No. 1 pick in the 2024 WNBA draft, passed LSU’s Pete Maravich as the all-time leading scorer in NCAA Division I college basketball history in March.

The Fever’s home opener against the New York Liberty at Indiana’s Gainbridge Fieldhouse is expected to be a 19,000 ticket sell out. The cheapest tickets listed online are going for at least $70.

Last year’s WNBA season was the most watched regular season in 21 years and many teams, including Washington, saw record attendance levels.