WHITE PLAINS – WNBA team the New York Liberty have announced their new home for the 2018 season – and it is the Westchester County Center in White Plains.
This is the first time in over two decades that a professional sports league has called the County home, according to a news release.
County Executive George Latimer said, “I am excited to have the New York Liberty play here in Westchester at the County Center. The games will not only benefit our economy, but also provide great entertainment for the people of Westchester. Personally I can’t wait to head over to the County Center and cheer them on.”
New York Liberty President Isiah Thomas said, “MSG has had a very positive experience at the Westchester County Center, and believes it is a venue where the Liberty can extend our fan base while maintaining our roots at The Garden.”
Westchester County Commissioner of Parks Recreation and Conservation Kathy O’Connor said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the young women of Westchester to see the Liberty team as strong female role models.”
The Liberty will tip off the 2018 WNBA season on Sunday, May 20, when it travels to the Chicago Sky at 7 p.m. (ET). New York’s 2018 home opener at Westchester County Center will be against the Minnesota Lynx on Friday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m.
New York will play 15 home games at Westchester County Center, and two games at Madison Square Garden. The Liberty will host the Phoenix Mercury at The Garden on Tuesday, June 5, at 11 a.m., and the Seattle Storm on Monday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m.
According to Wikipedia, the New York Liberty are a professional basketball team based in New York City, playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded in 1997 and is one of the eight original franchises of the league. The team is owned by The Madison Square Garden Company, who also owns the Liberty’s National Basketball Association (NBA) counterpart, the New York Knicks.