Seattle Storm tip off their regular season Friday

A profile photo of Sue Bird from the Seattle Storm holding up a basketball
Sue Bird has scored more than 7,000 points in her WNBA career in the regular season + playoffs. | Photo by Jane Gershovich/Seattle Storm

Yeah, you know what that rumble means — there’s a big Storm in the forecast. We mean the Seattle Storm, of course, who begin their regular season Fri., May 6 at 7 p.m. at Climate Pledge Arena. And, whoaaa baby, are the cheers going to rain down for our star-studded WNBA team.

With Sue Bird’s triumphant return for her 19th season, and other vets ready to hold court alongside touted newbies, this Storm season has the potential to be a truly memorable one as the team seeks its fifth championship. Here’s all you need to know to embrace the hoopla (or at least get by at the water cooler).

Last hurrah for Seattle legends? 🏀

Look, expectations are always high for the Storm. But this year may have some extra oomph, since it could be the last time the “Big Three” of Sue, Breanna Stewart + Jewell Lloyd play together. Sue + Stewie are signed for only one more season, with no guarantees that they’ll be back in 2023. And if this is truly the final go-around for Sue’s WNBA career, it’ll be important to savor this time with her.

Oooo, a shiny new home 🏀

After playing all the way up in Everett last season at the Angels of the Winds Arena, the Storm are about to make their Climate Pledge Arena debut. Those who have yet to attend a Kraken game or concert at the venue should know that the place gets super loud + the sightlines from all seats are stellar

Speaking of which, there are still tickets available for the game tonight against the Minnesota Lynx, starting at $50. So, yeah, get on that.

More ways to watch 🏀

Even if you can’t check the team out in person, the Storm’s Opening Night will air on FOX 13, which extended its partnership with the squad this season, broadcasting 28 games not carried nationally. For those who prefer to stream, Amazon also has a new deal with the Storm — airing 30 games for Prime Video customers throughout Washington. Click. Cast. And go wild.

Mark your calendars 🏀

In addition to tonight’s big game, here are some key Storm dates:

  • Wed., May 18: Seattle go on the road to face the reigning WNBA champions — the Chicago Sky.
  • Tues., July 12: Fan favorite Kid’s Day debuts at Climate Pledge, supported by Seattle Children’s.
  • Sun., Aug. 7: The last regular season home game vs. the Las Vegas Aces includes Fan Appreciation Day.
  • Sun., Aug. 14: Seattle travels to Vegas for the regular season finale.