The WNBA announced Thursday that its 2022 All-Star Game will be held in Chicago on Sunday, July 10 at Wintrust Arena.
In addition to the All-Star Game itself, sponsored by AT&T, the league will launch a new, two-day event known as WNBA Live. These festivities will be held at McCormick Place down the street from Wintrust Arena. WNBA Live will be an interactive, outdoor event for fans to experience the crossover between the WNBA and pop culture.
“We are thrilled to turn AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022 into a weekend-long event that will give WNBA fans incredible opportunities to engage with our brand and partners who have stepped up to support the WNBA,” said commissioner Cathy Engelbert. The league plans to reveal more details about WNBA Live in the weeks to come.
Both All-Star teams will practice in McCormick Place on Saturday, July 9 with the participants of the Girls Nike Nationals looking on from the audience. The Nike tournament is also being held at McCormick Place at the same time. This should be a good opportunity for some of the best teenage hoopers in the country to be exposed to the highest level of women’s basketball in a more intimate setting.
Saturday will also feature the return of the WNBA Skills Challenge and MTN Dew 3-Point contest.
This will be the first time Chicago has hosted the WNBA All-Star Game. Wintrust Arena is a hotspot in the league nowadays as it is the home to the defending champions Chicago Sky.
Local Sky fans will likely have a vested interest in the festivities as several Sky players should make an All-Star roster this year. Whether or not 3x winner and reigning champion Allie Quigley will compete in the 3-Point Contest again in front of her home crowd is still to be determined, but Chicagoans should cross their fingers for the chance to see the legend put on a show in her natural habitat.
Tickets for the All-Star Game will go on sale Friday, May 13 at 12:00pm ET.