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Mercury fans showed up despite team being booted to college arena


Thursday night saw the Phoenix Mercury playing their first playoff game at Grand Canyon University after Footprint Arena booted them for a Maluma concert.

Despite the change in location, fans still turned out in support, with the Mercury drawing close to a sellout in their 83-82 defeat of the New York Liberty. The arena’s capacity sits at 7,000 fans, less than the just-shy of 10,000 fans that the Mercury drew for their final two regular season home games.

The crowd appeared to be a major factor in the win, with Skylar Diggins-Smith thanking the fans for showing up even with the change in location.

GCU Women’s Basketball was also in attendance to support, giving the players the opportunity to experience what a WNBA game feels like.

But some were also quick to point out the logo on the court, arguing that a WNBA Playoff game should be played on a court with a WNBA logo.

The Mercury travel to play the Seattle Storm on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.