WNBA Announces Expansion to Canada in 2026, Toronto to Host New Team

The WNBA is continuing to expand and will have its first Canadian location in 2026. The 14th franchise will be located in Toronto, the WNBA announced on Thursday. There had already been media reports about the upcoming expansion.

Kilmer Sports Ventures will be the owner and operator. The team will play its home games at the Coca-Cola Coliseum at Exhibition Place in the city center. There will also be games at the Scotiabank Arena, home of the Toronto Raptors (NBA/basketball) and Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL/ice hockey).

“Bringing a WNBA team to Toronto represents an important milestone for our league as we continue to expand both domestically and internationally,” said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert.

This year, twelve teams are playing in the WNBA, number 13 is the Golden State Valkyries, who will play their first season in 2025. Since its founding in 1996, there have only been American teams – by expanding to Canada, the WNBA is breaking new ground. There are currently three Germans playing in the league: Satou Sabally (Dallas Wings), her younger sister Nyara Sabally and Leonie Fiebich (both New York Liberty).

2024-05-23 15:47:00
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