The WNBA will tip off its 25th time on Could 14 with teams returning to their household arenas pursuing a year in the bubble in Bradenton, Florida, the league declared on Tuesday.

All 12 teams will be in motion on the opening weekend, with two online games that includes matchups in between former MVPs.

Just about every crew will participate in 32 game titles throughout the normal period, which is scheduled to finish on September 19.

The league will go on hiatus from July 15 by means of August 11 to allow for gamers to just take section in the Tokyo Olympics.

“As we suggestion-off this historic time with groups returning to play in their house marketplaces, we rejoice the impact the WNBA has created on generations of youthful and numerous athletes and on athletics and society considering the fact that 1997,” WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said.

“Collectively with our fans and partners, we seem in advance to how the remarkable athletes of the WNBA will keep on to supply the finest women’s basketball in the planet whilst also driving alter, striving for justice and equality, and impacting potential generations.”

Leading off the year in the very first recreation on May well 14 will be the New York Liberty and the No 1 total draft pick in 2020, Sabrina Ionescu, as they host the Indiana Fever at Barclays Middle in Brooklyn.

Other game titles that night time attribute the Connecticut Solar at Atlanta Aspiration, Phoenix Mercury at Minnesota Lynx, and the Dallas Wings at the Los Angeles Sparks.

Action on May well 15 features a conference among the Chicago Sky and Washington Mystics, that includes previous MVPs Candace Parker and Elena Delle Donne. It will be the debut with Chicago for Parker, previously of the Sparks.

Right after that video game, previous MVP Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Storm will host reigning MVP A’ja Wilson and the Las Vegas Aces. The Storm will obtain their WNBA championship rings ahead of the sport.

The opening weekend will conclude on Sunday when the Mercury pay a visit to the Solar and the Liberty travel to face the Fever.

By Harriet