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.)