The Phoenix Mercury will pay tribute to the Valley’s bravest men and women during its First Responders Game on Sunday, Sept. 11, when the team hosts the Atlanta Dream at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m PT.
In honor of the 15th anniversary of September 11, the Mercury will tipoff the evening with a special moment of silence prior to the game. As part of the recognition, a row of 15 seats will be left empty and marked with American flags in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy 15 years ago. The seats will remain marked and empty, throughout the entire game.
The Mercury will also honor local first responders during on-court activities throughout the evening, including presenting a giant American flag at center court during the national anthem, being introduced with the Mercury’s starting line-up, and participating in various in-game contests. The families of first responders will also be celebrated and several of their children will create a special fan tunnel for the players and will be invited into the team’s pregame huddle.
On the Fry’s Plaza, located in front of Talking Stick Resort Arena, a large ladder fire truck will display the American flag. Fans will also have the opportunity to take photographs with various police vehicles on the plaza, as well as an antique fire truck located inside the Casino Arizona Pavilion. Inside the pavilion, fans can also visit the Phoenix Fire Department’s recruitment table, as well as take pictures with Scottsdale Police Department’s mascot, POSA K-9.
Tickets for the Mercury’s game on Sunday and the other regular-season home games can be purchased by calling 602.252.WNBA or by visiting here.