The Women's National Basketball Association ("WNBA") has been operating since 1997, and Phoenix was there right at the beginning with our team, the Phoenix Mercury, as one of the original 8 teams.
The rules of WNBA games are somewhat different than in the NBA. From a fan's perspective, though, you will be able to easily understand what's going on if you understand NBA basketball. Here are some of the major differences between the men's game and the women's game (there are others):
- A WNBA game is played in four 10 minute periods, whereas the NBA plays four 12 minute periods.
- There's a 30 second shot clock.
- The three point line is closer in WNBA than in the NBA.
- The lane is shorter in the WNBA than in the NBA.
- The basketball is smaller in the WNBA than in the NBA.
The Phoenix Mercury games are always lively and fun. Because the athletes are not usually as big and strong as their male counterparts, you'll find the game involves more teamwork and finesse, and fewer slam dunks than in NBA basketball. The Hip Hop Squad dance routines and other activities that occur during Phoenix Mercury home games keep everything lively and make it a great family experience.
The Phoenix Mercury have played in three WNBA championships and won two of them, 2007 and 2009.
WNBA Facts and Trivia
Phoenix Mercury Current Schedule and Ticket Info
About the US Airways Center
Map and Directions to US Airways Center
US Airways Center Seating Chart
Diana Taurasi and Phoenix Mercury Picture Gallery