PHOENIX – The three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury today announced its regular season schedule for the 2017 campaign, the 21st season in franchise and league history. Coming off a fourth consecutive trip to the WNBA Semifinals (seventh appearance in the last eight years), and led by Olympic gold medalists Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner, Phoenix will open the 2017 season hosting the Fry’s Food Stores Home Opener on Sunday, May 14, at 3 p.m., against the Dallas Wings at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Mercury’s 34-game slate will cover 113 days next summer, running from May 14 to September 3, and featuring 17 home games in front of the X-Factor, the WNBA’s best fans, at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The extended season schedule was done with both fans and players in mind, as the increased number of days will maximize weekend games and minimize back-to-back sets. For the first time in franchise history, Phoenix will not play any back-to-back games in 2017.
League-leaders in attendance the last three seasons, the Mercury opens with consecutive home games for the first time since 2010 and will play four of its first five games in downtown Phoenix over a 13-day span. Eleven of Phoenix’s 17 home games will be played on the weekend: four on Friday, three on Saturday, and four on Sunday. Phoenix was 7-1 in Sunday games in 2016, including 4-0 at home, and will see action on Sundays 10 times overall in 2017.
Phoenix will be featured on ESPN2 twice: Aug. 10 at Dallas and Aug. 24 vs. Los Angeles. A complete local television schedule will be announced at a later date.
For the second consecutive season in the 12-team WNBA, teams will play each of the other 10 teams three times, regardless of conference, and one team four times. In 2017, the Mercury will see the rival Minnesota Lynx four times, twice in Minneapolis (July 16, August 22) and twice in Phoenix (June 30, July 14). Phoenix will host the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday, June 10 and Thursday, Aug. 24.
The Mercury’s first road trip of the season (June 1-7) features visits to Indiana and New York, the sites of both of Phoenix’s thrilling single-elimination playoff victories a season ago. The team’s schedule includes two other three-game road trips, both in August.
Tuesday through Saturday Mercury home games will begin at 7 p.m., with the exception of national television games, and all Sunday contests will tip at 3 p.m. Phoenix’s annual matinee home game will tipoff at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19 against Indiana.
Tickets for the 2017 Fry’s Food Stores Home Opener on Sunday, May 14, and the other 16 Mercury regular season home games, go on sale this Friday, December 2, and can be purchased by calling 602-252-WNBA or by visiting PhoenixMercury.com.