Anyone who knows me – I mean really know me – knows how much I love basketball. I started playing in Junior High, and it quickly became an obsession. I had a basketball in my hand every chance that I got. I dreamed of playing basketball for the rest of my life. But, at that time, the only option I had was to go on to play college ball and that was it. There was no WNBA…… yet.
In 1996, Team USA in women’s basketball won the Gold at the Olympics in Atlanta. That same year, the creation of the WNBA was announced, and on June 21, 1997, the first game WNBA was played.
I remember watching that first game on tv. I was pregnant with Ashley at the time, and I remember thinking to myself how great it would be that she could grow up in a world where even girls could play professional sports.
Unfortunately, Ashley did not inherit my athletic ability. She loves to watch sports, but playing them is not really her thing. But, that hasn’t stopped us from keeping tabs on the WNBA or enjoying it together.
Recently, the One2One Network gave me the opportunity to catch a local WNBA game. I was thrilled – to say the least. I’d never been to an actual basketball game, (aside from high school), and I have always wanted to go.
My original plan was to take Ashley, my oldest, and several of her friends to the game. And then it dawned on me that she and most of her friends would be away at camp that week. Hubby didn’t have the day off, so what now? My second plan was to take the 4 youngest kids to the game by myself. However, it didn’t take long for me to decide against that. 4 kids under the age of 6 – by myself – in downtown Atlanta with thousands of other people? Yeah. Right. So that plan was scrapped. That left me with all these tickets and no one to share them with. I called everyone I knew, hoping they could join me.
Finally, I ended up finding one of my Ashley’s friends to go with me. She had been planning to go to camp, but got very badly sunburned the day before they left, so she had to stay home to recover. Lucy, (my 3 year old), really wanted to go to the game, because she wanted to see girls “play basketball for real.” (A girl after my own heart!) I loaded up the truck with Ashley’s friend, Lucy, and Parker, and we headed to Atlanta.
We got to the Philips Arena, found parking, and headed to our seats. I couldn’t believe it when they said that we were down on the floor! After never having been to any kind of professional game, I was stoked!
Our seats were amazing. We were literally 4 rows back from the action, and right at the end of the court. The first half, we were up close and personal with the Atlanta Dream scoring basket after basket right in front of us. The second half, we watched as the Dream defended themselves against the Tulsa Shock.
I have to tell you how absolutely awesome the game was. The teams were perfectly matched, and it made for one very exciting game. I was certain the Atlanta Dream would either win or lose by 2 points, just because the teams were both so strong.
There was never a dull moment in the game. During every time out, every break between quarters, and all through halftime, something was always going on. Add to that the enthusiastic crowd, the music, and the cheering, and it was awesome.
The Atlanta Dream ended up winning by a score of 96 to 90. I told you it was close! And for those of you thinking that girls can’t play basketball, I challenge you to head to a WNBA game near you and see for yourself how truly incredible these women are. It’s time to give these girls some credit and get out there and support them! They rock!
Everything about the game was amazing. From the moment we found out seats until the moment we found the exit, I was completely and utterly blown away. I’m already planning on taking Ashley and her friends to game soon. I know they’d love it, and you can’t beat the ticket prices!
Speaking of which, don’t forget to check out this post where I highlight some of the best deals for the WNBA teams. And, you can head to TicketMaster.com/wnba and enter the promo code WNBABLOG and experience the exciting, affordable and family-friendly entertainment of the WNBA with your family and friends.
If you live in Atlanta, here’s the deal you can expect to find:
20%-40% per ticket depending on the price range:
$10 tickets will be discounted to $8.
$19 tickets will be discounted to $12.
$25 tickets will be discounted to $15.
$55 tickets will be discounted to $30.
$60 tickets will be discounted to $35.
Just go to http://bit.ly/WNBADreamTix , enter promo code WNBABLOG to purchase tickets and experience the WNBA’s exciting, affordable, family-friendly, entertainment! You will need to create an account in order to use the code, simply enter your email address, create a password – and discount!
My favorite part of the entire experience, though, is knowing that these women are MOMS. Just like me. Well, maybe not just like me, since they’re much taller and way more in shape. But, really? It all points to the fact that anyone – Moms included – can do anything if they put their mind to it. Click here for some photos of these moms in action.
If you want something to do this summer, or just trying to find ways to beat the heat, go to the WNBA website and find the schedule of the team near you that’s playing. Then, head to the game and have a ball!
Thank you SO much to the One2One Network, Tonya Alleyne, Director of Media Relations for the Atlanta Dream, and Jordan (who checked in on us throughout the game), for the chance to see the Atlanta Dream play and tell my readers about it. Lucy still hasn’t stopped talking about the game, and it’s great that she looks up to these women with such awe and admiration. They are role models I’d love for my girls to have!
Disclaimer: I wrote this post while participating in a blog tour with the One2One Network on behalf of the WNBA. I was sent tickets, t-shirts, and several small gift items in order to facilitate my honest and thorough review and truly experience a WNBA basketball game. I was in no other way compensated for this post, and the complimentary products in no way influenced my opinion.