The WNBA is heading to Canada for a preseason game. The Chicago Sky and Minnesota Lynx will play in front of a sold-out crowd at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena on Saturday.
The game will be broadcast on TSN and Sportsnet in Canada, while U.S. and international viewers can find the game on WNBA League Pass. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. ET.
It will mark the first time the WNBA has played a game in Canada and just the third time a preseason game has taken place outside of the United States. Previously, games have been played in Mexico (2004) and England (2011).
“Bringing a WNBA preseason game to Canada is an important milestone for the global growth of the league,” WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in January. “I’ve spoken often of the global popularity of women’s basketball and, this past season, WNBA games were broadcast in 207 countries and territories, including in Canada, where fans have shown a great appetite for WNBA action.
“And as Canadian stars like Bridget Carleton, Natalie Achonwa and Kia Nurse continue to flourish in and drive interest around the league, we’re looking forward building on the momentum and excitement surrounding the WNBA in Canada with this historic game.”
While the WNBA expansion timeline is murky, Toronto has been floated as a potential city for expansion, adding intrigue to the matchup and local the events surrounding it.
“We are looking forward to participating in this historic game for the WNBA,” said Lynx head coach and president of basketball operations Cheryl Reeve. “The league’s global popularity has shown incredible growth, and I am pleased our team will be a part of continuing to pave the path for the WNBA by bringing our game to Canada.”