PHOENIX – Diana Taurasi and Phoenix Mercury will finally be able to play a playoff game on their own court.
The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers agreed to advance their preseason game Wednesday a few hours so that the Mercury can host the Las Vegas Aces on their own court at the Footprint Center in downtown Phoenix in Game 4 of the WNBA semifinals. .
The Suns and Lakers were initially scheduled to play at 7 p.m. PT, the same time the Mercury-Aces game was scheduled to kick off. Instead, the Suns and Lakers will kick off at 3 p.m. The game between Mercury and Aces will continue to be at 7 p.m. (10 p.m. ET) and will be broadcast on ESPN Sports. It was unclear where the Mercury would have played if the Suns-Lakers start of the game hadn’t moved.
Mercury have already seen their playoff games this year move from the Footprint Center. Their first-round game was played at Grand Canyon University due to a concert by musical artist Maluma, and they will play Game 3 at Arizona State’s Desert Financial Arena because Disney on Ice is scheduled for Sunday at the Footprint Center.
“There were many parties to coordinate and various groups, including the NBA and WNBA, the Lakers and their local game broadcast partner, and ESPN that had to work together to make this happen,” Jason said in a statement. Rowley, the president and CEO of Suns Legacy Partners, LLC. “At the end of the day, all parties should be proud to be a part of this historic double game.”
While Game 4 of the Mercury will be part of a double game in the sense that two games will be played back-to-back on the same court, fans will need to purchase separate tickets for each game.
Suns guard Chris Paul bought 500 tickets for Game 3 on Sunday. According to a statement, Paul’s tickets will be available to fans on a first-come, first-served basis at a table outside the Desert Financial Arena beginning at 10:30 a.m.
The Mercury-Aces series is tied 1-1.