INDIANAPOLIS – The WNBA announced today elements of plans to return for the WNBA 2020 season, with a partnership being finalized that would make IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, the home for the 2020 season. Beginning in July, IMG Academy will be the home for each of the league’s 12 teams and serve as a single site for training camp, games and housing.
“This is a tremendous step in the right direction toward a competitive and entertaining WNBA season for our fans to come together across the state to support the Indiana Fever,” Fever President Dr. Allison Barber said. “We are excited to bring the Indiana Fever franchise to fans to watch in their homes in all 92 counties in the state as we build our championship culture for fans to engage with this season.”
The proposal includes 22 regular-season games followed by a traditional playoff format. All games will be played without fans in attendance. All Fever regular season games will be live-streamed at no cost to fans. More information will be announced at a later date.
“We are so energized and excited to begin playing a WNBA season,” Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Tamika Catchings said. “Our staff and players have been in constant communication during this challenging time and we’re ready to compete. From COVID-19 to the current state of our nation, it has been amazing to watch our players’ voices be heard in a respectful and positive manner. We are excited to showcase our team on the court and our organization will continue to support the powerful platform we have to fight for social justice off the court.”
Throughout this unique season format, the WNBA will build on its commitment to social justice and will support players in launching a bold social justice platform as a call to action to drive impactful, measurable and meaningful change. The WNBA 2020 season will include a devoted platform that will aim to support and strengthen both the league and teams’ reach and impact on social justice matters.