Deputy Mayor Rebecca Kaplan calls on the WNBA to make the city…
Announcement date: September 15, 2022 @ 11:04 am
Last updated: September 15, 2022 @ 11:48 am
Oakland, California – On September 20, 2020, Deputy Mayor Rebecca Kaplan will introduce a resolution urging the Women’s National Basketball Association (“WNBA”) to approve the city of Oakland as the home of the new WNBA team. Decision link and note
The WNBA has discussed plans to expand the number of WNBA teams on their roster over the past years. As these conversations unfold, the City of Oakland should make clear that we not only support bringing the WNBA team to Oakland, but are excited to be a partner and collaborator with the WNBA as it expands. Thus, this decision extends our strong support towards this effort and urges the WNBA to make Oakland the home of the WNBA team.
Oakland is an ideal fit for the WNBA team due to our strong and rooted fan base, current arena space, and core values shared with the WNBA. The Bay Area has the fourth largest number of WNBA fans among US markets without a WNBA team – 418,816 WNBA fans, up from the eight current markets with a WNBA team. More than half a million adults in the Bay Area market play basketball, and the Bay Area ranks first in 30 markets for home delivery for a regular WNBA season.
In October of 2021, WNBA and WNBA All-Star Champion Alana Beard, who had spent 15 years playing WNBA and named Back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year, was declared a Legend, attorney Jade Smith-Williams, of the law firm Baily & Glasser, LLP, a legend. Domestic women’s basketball in Oakland, played professionally abroad, will join the pioneering efforts of the American Sports and Entertainment Group (“AASEG”) to acquire the Oakland Black and Women’s WNBA team ownership.
In addition to a strong fan base, Oakland already has a world-class arena in the middle of a multimedia lane ready to house a WNBA team. The Auckland Arena is easily accessible by both motorways and public transport, complete with a pedestrian bridge that allows fans direct access from Coliseum BART Station. The plaza sits on 132 acres with 10,000 parking spaces on site. It is also accessible from the airport and a stone’s throw from the Capitol Corridor Railway. This multimedia connection will allow not only Oakland to easily attend the Games but also audiences from all over California. From former Monarch supporters to fans of women’s basketball, Oakland will attract fans from the Greater Bay Area and beyond.
Support extends to bringing the WNBA team to a solid fan base, with local regulatory agencies also making key voices to prepare for the WNBA team in Oakland. Led by Deputy Mayor Rebecca Kaplan, in July 2021, both the Oakland Coliseum and Oakland City Council voted unanimously and enthusiastically in favor of a terms sheet to bring the WNBA team to Oakland.
Kaplan saysAnd the “Oakland is a community that values social justice, equality, and women’s rights. These principles align with those of the WNBA, and we stand ready to move forward as a partner in furthering these goals as the home of a new WNBA team. I respectfully request your support for this decision.”
September 20 2022
where: Auckland city council meeting
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88283837181
Decision link and note
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