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WNBA All-Star Game returns to Las Vegas

Updated June 14, 2021 - 7:07 pm

The WNBA All-Star Game is returning to Las Vegas this summer.

The league announced Monday it will play its annual All-Star Game on July 14 at Michelob Ultra Arena.

The game coincides with the Olympic break, and a team comprised of WNBA All-Stars will play a team from the USA national team, which will be training in Las Vegas for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Las Vegas also hosted the All-Star Game in 2019. There was no All-Star Game last season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Aces coach Bill Laimbeer referred to the game as “more of a league and MGM (Resorts International) situation,” indicating that the franchise won’t bear the responsibility of hosting the game the way it did in 2019. The coaches of the teams with the two best records traditionally coach the All-Star Game.

Laimbeer was one of the coaches in 2019, and the Aces at 8-3 are tied for the league’s second-best record.

“The All-Star game is a fine event. I don’t know how they’re going to do it,” Laimbeer said. “My plan is to go on vacation.”

Laimbeer also indicated that attendance restrictions for Aces’ home games are going to be lifted soon, though there is no specific timetable for any changes, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Season ticket holders have been allowed to attend home games in a socially distanced setting, and clusters of fans are spaced several feet apart throughout the arena.

About 2,000 fans have attended each of the five home games.

“Hopefully we can continue to get more in the building,” Aces guard Kelsey Plum said Sunday after an 85-78 victory over the Dallas Wings.

Tickets for the All-Star game go on sale Friday, per Mandalay Bay, and All-Star voting begins Tuesday. Fans, active WNBA players and a panel of national media will select the All-Stars, with the fans accounting for 50 percent of the vote and the players and media accounting for 25 percent apiece.

Contact reporter Sam Gordon at sgordon@reviewjournal.com. Follow @BySamGordon on Twitter.

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