The Women's National Basketball Association ("WNBA") has been operating since 1997, and Phoenix was there right at the beginning with our team, the Phoenix Mercury, as one of the original 8 teams.
The rules of WNBA games are somewhat different than in the NBA. From a fan's perspective, though, you will be able to easily understand what's going on if you understand NBA basketball. Here are some of the major differences between the men's game and the women's game (there are others):
- A WNBA game is played in four 10 minute periods, whereas the NBA plays four 12 minute periods.
- There's a 30-second shot clock.
- The three point line is closer in WNBA than in the NBA.
- The lane is shorter in the WNBA than in the NBA.
- The basketball is smaller in the WNBA than in the NBA.
The Phoenix Mercury games are always lively and fun. Because the athletes are not usually as big and strong as their male counterparts, you'll find the game involves more teamwork and finesse, and fewer slam dunks than in NBA basketball. The Hip Hop Squad dance routines, the team mascot Scorch, and other activities that occur during Phoenix Mercury home games keep everything lively and make it a great family experience.
Here are the games that the three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury basketball team are scheduled to play at Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly known as US Airways Center) during the season. Here is a map to the venue, along with details about getting there using Valley Metro Rail.
Phoenix Mercury 2017 Home Schedule
All times shown are local Arizona time. These are home games only. All dates and times are subject to change.
Sunday, May 7 vs. Seattle Storm at 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 14 vs. Dallas at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, May 17 vs. Indiana at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 23 vs. New York at 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 27 vs. Dallas at 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 10 vs. Los Angeles at 7 p.m.
Friday, June 16 vs. Chicago at 7 p.m.
Friday, June 30 vs. Minnesota at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 5 vs. Washington at 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 9 vs. New York at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 12 vs. Atlanta at 7 p.m.
Friday, July 14 vs. Minnesota at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 19 vs. Indiana at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 30 vs. San Antonio at 3 p.m.
Saturday, August 12 vs. Seattle at 7 p.m.
Thursday, August 24 vs. Los Angeles at 6 p.m.
Friday, September 1 vs. Connecticut at 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 3 vs. Atlanta at 3 p.m
The Phoenix Mercury have played in four WNBA championships and won three of them, 2007, 2009 and 2014.
How To Get Tickets to Phoenix Mercury Home Games
There are several ways that you can purchase tickets for Phoenix Mercury games:
- Online, through Ticketmaster (Buy Direct)
- At Ticketmaster outlets.
- At the Talking Stick Resort Arena Box Office in Phoenix.
- From scalpers/ticket exchanges. Note: beware of fake tickets!
Tip: Unless you are very particular about your seats, or you have a large group, there's usually no need to buy tickets in advance and pay the extra charges. You can almost always buy tickets on game day at the box office, even for lower level seats.
Discounted Tickets for Phoenix Mercury Home Games
If you are looking for a bargain and you don't necessarily need to know exactly where your seats are when you buy them, you might find a good deal on Mercury basketball at ScoreBig.com. Not sure how that works? Here are my tips, including 10 Things to Know Before You Buy.
More About the Phoenix Mercury
- About the Talking Stick Resort Arena
- Map and Directions to Talking Stick Resort Arena
- Talking Stick Resort Arena Seating Chart