Seattle Times sports columnist Jerry Brewer is doing a series this week on Seattle’s sports fan bases, focusing on one team per day. Today it is the Storm’s turn, and Brewer nails the unique relationship between Storm fans and the team, one that imbues them with a sense of ownership.
“Because of their level of emotional investment, they want to be appreciated,” (CEO Karen) Bryant said of Storm fans. “They want to be recognized. Because of their sense of ownership, they’re not just fans. They don’t want to see themselves as just fans. They don’t want us to see them as just fans. They’re more than just fans. They’re part of who we are.”
In addition to Bryant, Brewer spoke with Scott Engelhardt of StormFans.org and Season Ticket Holder Doug Parker for the piece, but you probably would have gotten similar responses from any devoted Storm fan, as we’ve seen in our Meet Your Fellow Storm Fan series.
Engelhardt is also a part of the video accompanying the series on seattletimes.com. The numbers bear out his assertion that Storm fans offer the best home-court advantage in the league.
This Sunday’s Times also featured the results of online decade-in-review voting. The Storm’s Lauren Jackson beat out UW softball pitcher Danielle Lawrie and teammate Sue Bird to earn Best Female Athlete honors.