Mercury Announces Date For Penny Taylor Retirement Ceremony

March 24, 2017

The three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury today announced theme nights and premium fan giveaways for the 2017 season, highlighted by the official announcement of legend Penny Taylor’s Retirement Ceremony on Sunday, July 9.  Taylor, who played 10 seasons in Phoenix before retiring after the 2016 campaign, will have her No. 13 jersey retired in the Talking Stick Resort Arena rafters during a post-game ceremony featuring special guests and presentations.

The Mercury’s year of historic nights will also include the countdown to guard Diana Taurasi becoming the all-time leading scorer in WNBA history.  Taurasi, who averaged 17.8 points last season and has averaged 19.9 points for her 12-year career, enters 2017 just 178 points shy of the all-time record currently held by 17-year WNBA performer Tina Thompson. The Mercury will commemorate her remarkable accomplishment with a one-of-a-kind bobblehead at a date to be determined.

The entire promotional calendar, which tips-off Sunday, May 14, with the Fry’s Food Stores Home Opener, is listed below and on PhoenixMercury.com.  It includes fan-favorites like the team’s fourth annual PRIDE Night brought to you by Coors Light, IASIS Healthcare “Rock The Pink” in support of breast health awareness, and BBVA Compass Bright Futures Woman of Inspiration Night (special guest TBD).

MAY                                                                TIME               THEME NIGHT/GIVEAWAY ITEM

Sun.          14     DALLAS                                    3:00            Fry’s Food Stores Home Opener / 5,000 Light-up batons

Wed.        17     INDIANA                                  7:00            English Dermatology Skin Cancer Awareness Night

JUNE

Fri.            16     CHICAGO                                7:00            PRIDE Night brought to you by Coors Light / 10,000 Pride placards courtesy of Prisma Graphic

Fri.            30     MINNESOTA                           7:00            5,000 Orange Pom-Poms

JULY

Wed.           5     WASHINGTON                       7:00            APS Hoops for Heroes

Sun.            9     NEW YORK                              3:00            Penny Taylor Retirement Ceremony / 9,500 Penny Taylor Rally Towels

Wed.        12     ATLANTA                                 7:00            NABI (Native American Basketball Invitational) Night brought to you by IASIS Healthcare

Fri.            14     MINNESOTA                           7:00            5,000 Orange Pom-Poms

Wed.        19     INDIANA                                  12:30          Mercury “Summer Camp Day” Matinee Game

AUGUST

Sat.           12     SEATTLE                                   7:00            IASIS Healthcare “Rock the Pink” / Lower-level “Pink Out” with 9,500 pink t-shirts courtesy of IASIS Healthcare

Thu.          24     LOS ANGELES                         6:00            BBVA Compass Bright Futures Woman of Inspiration Night / 5,000 WOI Placards

SEPTEMBER

Fri.               1     CONNECTICUT                       7:00            5,000 Orange Pom-Poms

Sun.            3     ATLANTA                                 3:00            Fan Appreciation Day

Get a front-row seat for history this summer! Diana Taurasi will open the 2017 regular season just 178 points shy of becoming the all-time leading scorer in WNBA history, as she attempts to lead the Mercury to a WNBA-record tying fourth championship.  Tickets for the Fry’s Food Stores Home Opener on Sunday, May 14, and the other 16 regular-season Mercury home games can be purchased by calling 602.252.WNBA or by visiting PhoenixMercury.com