On Friday, the WNBA announced that this summer’s All-Star Game will be held at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. It’s the first time the Silver Stars have hosted the All-Star Game as well as just the second midseason classic held in a Western Conference city. The East has hosted the last nine All-Star Games, including the last two (a traditional one and last year’s WNBA vs. USA Basketball format) at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena.
The 2011 All-Star Game will be played on Saturday, July 23 at 12:30 p.m. PT on ABC. The Storm hosts San Antonio the previous Thursday and starts a road trip at Phoenix the following Tuesday.
The Storm has had Sue Bird, Swin Cash and Lauren Jackson in the All-Star Game each of the last two years. Bird, Cash and Jackson were voted starters in 2009 and were chosen by fans last year, when Bird and Cash played for the U.S. National Team and Jackson was part of the WNBA roster but was unable to play due to injury.