Publish date:

Texas Rebound

The WNBA looks for a box-office bounce
Author:

THE WNBA'S San Antonio Stars are lone in the state no more. The Tulsa Shock became the Dallas Wings in November, setting up an I-35 rivalry that the league hopes will bolster attendance in Texas. The two franchises dragged down the league-attendance average last season, finishing second to last and last, though those numbers were undoubtedly affected by the Shock's impending departure from Oklahoma and the Stars' relocation to Freeman Coliseum while their home, the AT&T Center, was being renovated. If both teams bounce back this season, it would help the WNBA recover from last year's overall attendance dip, its first since 2012, as the league tips off its 20th season on May 14.

[The following text appears within a chart. Please see hardcopy or PDF for actual chart.]

2014 Attendance

2015 Attendance

5.5k

7.2%

5.2k

SHOCK

7k

37.4%

4.8k

STARS

7.6k

3.4%

7.3k

WNBA (AVG.)

PHOTO

SHANE BEVEL/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (DIGGINS)

Skylar Diggins (left), Kayla McBride

PHOTO

JOSHUA HUSTON/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (MCBRIDE)

[See caption above]

CHART