Seattle Storm announce plans for practice facility to open in 2024

May 20, 2022, 4:21 PM
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Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm celebrates while holding the trophy after winning the WNBA Championship against the Las Vegas Aces following Game 3 of the WNBA Finals. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
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SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Storm announced plans Friday to build a practice facility and training center for the franchise that will house the team’s basketball and business operations.

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The facility will sit on a 50,000-square-foot parcel and include two practice courts along with locker rooms, a lounge and a nutrition center for players, and strength and conditioning training spaces.

Construction of the new facility is scheduled to begin in spring of 2023 and completion is expected ahead of the training camp for the 2024 WNBA season. The cost of the project was not released.

“This facility reflects our franchise legacy, our athletes’ success, and aims to promote and grow the women’s game and expand youth access to play,” Seattle Storm co-owner Lisa Brummel said.

Seattle said that 85% of the workers on the project are women.

The Storm shared a practice facility with the Seattle SuperSonics when the team joined the WNBA in 2000. The team has used space at Seattle Pacific University for basketball activities since 2008, when the Sonics franchise was relocated to Oklahoma City, but business operations have been housed elsewhere.

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