What was the subject of much speculation and rumor is now official as the WNBA has officially announced that it will be coming to Las Vegas starting with the 2018 regular season.
MGM Resorts International was announced as the buyer of the San Antonio Stars franchise and will move it to Las Vegas after purchasing it from Spurs Sports & Entertainment.
There are Twitter and Instagram accounts created both under the handle @lasvegaswnba.
— Las Vegas WNBA (@lasvegaswnba) October 17, 2017
The league released a press release after the sale and move were approved by the WNBA and NBA’s Board of Governors.
This city and MGM Resorts are synonymous with world-class entertainment. With its culture of diversity and inclusion, MGM Resorts is an ideal fit for the WNBA.
–WNBA president Lisa Borders
In addition, the Mandalay Bay Events Center, which has a capacity of around 12,000, will be the home arena for the Las Vegas franchise.
The arrangement with MGM Resorts as the new owner sets the Las Vegas franchise up similar to the way the Connecticut Sun are operated. The Sun are owned and operated by Mohegan Sun (Mohegan Native American tribe), which also has a resort and casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.