Report: WNBA All-Star Game headed back to Las Vegas in 2023

Diamond DeShields participates in the 2019 WNBA Skills Challenge in Las Vegas. (Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

The WNBA All-Star Game is returning to Las Vegas, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday night.

The game is scheduled for July 15 and will be announced by the league after details are finalized.

This will be the third year the Las Vegas Aces play host to the contest after also doing so in 2019 and 2021. The reigning champions will sit just one behind the Connecticut Sun, who have hosted the most of any WNBA franchise with four (2005, 2009, 2013 and 2015).

The Aces and the Chicago Sky, who hosted their first All-Star Game in 2022, were the final two teams the WNBA was considering for the 2023 event, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Last year’s All-Star Weekend in Chicago featured several issues. For example, the All-Star skills competition was not open to the public, which could only watch the event a viewing party outside or on ESPNU.

The WNBA acknowledged that the weekend fell short of some fans’ expectations, with commissioner Cathy Engelbert admitting the league had to  “cobble together” elements of the event in part due to a scheduling conflict at the Sky’s Wintrust Arena for part of the weekend.