May 16, 2023

WNBA Heads North for Canada's first Preseason Game (1 minute read)

By Sophia Rooke

Saturday May 13th was an historic day for Canada, WNBA Fans and the WNBA itself, as Toronto became host to our first ever WNBA game.

A sea of orange and white could be seen all across downtown with fans of all ages flooding in from the GTA and further welcoming some of their favourite WNBA players to the city.  Myself and the Surfing the Sea team canvased Jurassic Park, catching up with fans, setting up games and handing out WNBA prizes to lucky winners.

The atmosphere was more than electric and it only got more exciting inside the sold out arena. Cheers erupted as the Chicago Sky and Minnesota Lynx made their way out of the tunnel, with “Bring the WNBA to Canada” and “future season ticket holder” signs spotted all around. Canadian's showed the League that women's basketball is equally as important to the game in Canada and men's.

The game remained close throughout as former Raptor Serge Ibaka and current OKC Thunder guard Lu Dort heckled from the sidelines, it was a star-studded event to remember. Topped off at half-time with a spectacular performance from Canada’s Queen of R&B, Jully Black, Toronto really proved why it deserves an WNBA team of it's own.

Head over to our Instagram and TikTok to watch our team ‘Surfing the Sea’ with WNBA fans outside of Scotiabank Arena!