After receiving a tribute as the NHL’s Seattle Kraken inaugurated the Climate Pledge Arena Saturday night, the base of the Seattle Storm, Sue Bird said Monday that the prospect to return for his 19th WNBA season in the new arena it’s very tempting”.
Bird, who turned 41 this month, did not commit to her future after being serenaded with a chorus of “One More Year!” by Storm fans when the team was eliminated from the playoffs in September at their makeshift home, Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington.
On Monday’s edition of ManningCast on ESPN during Monday Night Football, Bird appeared as a guest in the third quarter of the Seattle Seahawks’ 13-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints. When asked if he decided on retirement, Bird cited his experience in Saturday’s backhand at Kraken 4-2 against the Vancouver Canucks.
“I don’t know,” Bird said. “Luckily our free agency doesn’t start for a while, so I have time to think.
“We just opened a new arena here in Seattle, and I happened to be there for the Kraken game kick-off. And… it was tempting. The thoughts of playing there were very seductive. I’ll leave you with that ”.
Already a legendary figure in Seattle thanks to his key role in all four Seattle WNBA championships, Bird was among several local sports stars who attended the Krakens on Saturday, a group that also included DK Metcalf, Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson of the Seahawks and former Seattle SuperSonics stars Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton.
Like Kemp and Payton, Bird played most of his career at the KeyArena, the previous incarnation of the Climate Pledge Arena. A renovation that cost more than $ 1 billion retained only the historic roof and exterior windows of the KeyArena, creating a new building – one that Bird will call home if it decides to return for the 2022 season.
– Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) October 24, 2021