Thursday, February 11, 2016

Mystics move playoff game to Comcast Center

The Mystics announced this afternoon that they will play their first-round playoff game at the University of Maryland due to a scheduling conflict at the Verizon Center.

Mystics move playoff game to Comcast Center


By Jonathan Tannenwald

No, the headline does not mean that the WNBA will be coming to Philadelphia.

The Mystics announced this afternoon that they will play their first-round playoff game at the University of Maryland's Comcast Center in College Park, Md., due to a scheduling conflict at their usual home, the Verizon Center in downtown D.C.

There has been much discussion in the press about the Atlanta Dream having to move its playoff game out of the Phillips Arena to a venue that has yet to be determined. But in this case, there won't be much of a downgrade in facilities or atmosphere.

Comcast Center seats 17,950, which is plenty for just about any event, and opened in 2002. So it has all the modern amenities and so forth.

Indeed, the move could Mystics if they can tap into the Terrapins' fan base, which has supported the school's women's basketball team quite well in recent years.

I figure Mel will be back on here later with his views and other musings.

(For those of you who in the D.C. area who don't get the first line of the post: The cable company's headquarters building in Philadelphia has the same title as the basketball arena in College Park.)

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Mel Greenberg covers college and pro women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he has worked for 38 years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather. He was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Jonathan Tannenwald is a producer with In addition to covering the local college scene, he spent two years as the Washington Mystics beat writer for Women's Hoops Guru. He also writes his own blog, Soft Pretzel Logic, which covers men's college basketball, football, and other sports.

Kathleen Radebaugh is a recent graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. She covered women's basketball for the school's newspaper, The Hawk, and served as sports editor her sophomore year. She was also a four-year member of the varsity crew team.

Erin Semagin Damio covers the University of Connecticut and the WNBA's Connecticut Sun for the blog, and contributes other features. The Storrs, Conn., native also attends Northeastern University, where she is a coxswain on the varsity crew team.

Acacia O'Connor is based in Washington, D.C., where she reports on the Mystics and the college basketball scene in the nation's capital. A graduate of Vassar college, she played on the varsity women's basketball team and was editor of the student newspaper.

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