MGM Resorts Buys San Antonio Stars
The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) has announced the San Antonio Stars will be moving to Las Vegas next year, following the MGM Resorts’ acquisition of the team.
In a short press release, the WNBA has confirmed the relocation was approved by the board of governors.
First Pro Basketball Team in Vegas
Lisa Borders, the WNBA President, said the league was thrilled to bring the first major professional basketball team to Las Vegas. She pointed out that the city and MGM Resorts were synonymous with world-class entertainment, and an ideal fit for the WNBA.
The team will play its home games at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, a 12,000-seat indoor arena located on the Strip, owned and operated by MGM Resorts.
Former Detroit Pistons star, Bill Laimbeer has been appointed the new president of basketball operations and coach.
Tremendous Addition to the City
This will be Las Vegas’ first professional basketball team. The entertainment capital of the world is already a home to an NHL franchise – the Vegas Golden Knights, while an NFL franchise will join them by 2020 after the NFL approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders earlier this year.
MGM Resorts’ chief experience and marketing officer, Lilian Tomovich stated the company and the city were delighted to welcome the WNBA their newest partners in professional sports.
Tomovich said MGM Resorts appreciated the league’s confidence in Las Vegas and added the team would be a tremendous addition to the city.
The Stars franchise was founded in 1997 as the Utah Starzz, a WNBA team based in Salt Lake City. The team was one of the eight teams that participated in the WNBA’s first ever season.
In 2003, the Starzz moved to San Antonio, Texas, where they became the San Antonio Silver Stars. In 2014, the team shortened the full name to the San Antonio Stars.