WNBA Back In Buzz City? It May Be Closer Than You Think
CHARLOTTE, NC – Putting some sting back in Buzz city. There are talks of expanding the WNBA and Charlotte is a possible location
Women’s professional basketball is on the rise. Social media interactions and team followers have increased by nearly 20%. Viewership on major networks jumped 74% to start this season.
“It would bring a lot of diversity here. More equal opportunities because women would be able to show their talents,” said Tuesday Mclauren a WNBA fan.
“I love getting out there and supporting the women and I just think it’s a fun experience, great atmosphere and something to really bring people together,” said Darin Smith, also a fan.
The WNBA commissioner said earlier this month that expansion beyond the current 12 markets is a priority. Charlotte, Houston, Philadelphia, and Toronto are at the top of the list.
“Just being in this community. I know that there is a big love for girls and women’s basketball,” said Cara Consuegra, the UNC Charlotte’s Women’s Basketball Head Coach.
Consuegra says there is an appetite for women’s sports, specifically basketball.
“You’ve just seen I think the female athlete evolved into a better all around player. It just made our game better. It’s faster and fun to watch,” said Consuegra.
Charlotte is no stranger to professional women’s basketball. The Charlotte Sting had a ten year run in the Queen city before dissolving in 2007.
Now, 14 years without a professional womens’ basketball team, Consuegra says change may be on the horizon.
“Now that there are more opportunities to see it. I am confident that folks will do what I say and they’ll enjoy it and they’ll want to come back,” said Consuegra.
The Hornets, Carolina Sports Foundation, and The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority all declined to speak with me on the story.
The WNBA commissioner says they plan to make moves on expansion within the next year.