The Seattle Storm is coming to the Tacoma Dome … maybe.
Should the Storm finish third or fourth in the Western Conference, the team would host Game 2 of a best-of-three series in the first round of the 2013 WNBA playoffs on either Sept. 21 or Sept. 22. Because of a scheduling conflict at KeyArena, the team announced Friday it would move its home game to the Tacoma Dome.
The Storm has not clinched a playoff spot, but one more win in the team’s last five games would give them its 10th consecutive postseason appearance.
“It’s really unfortunate that any first-round playoff game will be relocated from KeyArena, our home for 14 seasons and the league’s best home-court advantage,” said Storm President & CEO Karen Bryant in a release issued by the team.
“We’re glad we were able to reach an agreement so we can shift our focus on securing a playoff spot and closing out the regular season. We are grateful to the city of Tacoma and the entire Tacoma Dome team for embracing us and working with us on a potential playoff matchup.”
Said Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland: “We are thrilled at the chance to possibly host a WNBA playoff game. We’ve extended a warm welcome to the organization and look forward to the opportunity to host the team and the loyal fans of the Seattle Storm.”
The Storm will announce more details and information on a possible first-round game as well as confirmed playoff dates as soon as they become available.