Congratulations to our WNBA Las Vegas Aces on bringing home their second consecutive national championship and the first WNBA repeat in 21 years.
The Aces defeated the New York Liberty 70-69 in Game 4 of the 2023 WNBA Finals to win the franchise’s second consecutive title on Wednesday, October 18, becoming the first reigning champion to complete a repeat since 2002. This is also the first time any WNBA team won consecutive titles since the league changed its finals into a best-of-five format – and they did it all with two starters injured and a future hall-of-famer Candace Parker sitting on the sideline. But that was no problem, the Aces forward A’ja Wilson scored a game-high 24 points and 16 rebounds, and guard Jackie Young added 16 points and seven assists in the victory.
Returning triumphantly to Las Vegas a few days after their historic win, players, coaches, and front office execs greeted tens of thousands of fans – many outfitted in Aces t-shirts and garb – during the team’s victory parade on the Strip and rally at Toshiba Plaza. And, of course, it was not long before talk of a three-peat began.
Las Vegas officials are becoming very accustomed to arranging national championship parades. This was the third in 13 months. Fans celebrated the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup win in June with a parade on the Strip and at Toshiba Plaza.
No doubt about it – Las Vegas is “THE SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.” In addition to national championship teams, the city will host the Super Bowl in 2024 and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four in 2028.
Alongside the Aces and Vegas Golden Knights, the city boasts the NFL Las Vegas Raiders and the Las Vegas Aviators, the Triple-A affiliate of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, who are in the process of relocating to Las Vegas.
Back to Las Vegas being a basketball city, as reported in the Bleacher Report’s Execs Believe In-Season Tournament Is ‘Test Run’ for Las Vegas Expansion, Michael Scotto of HoopsHype reported that “multiple front office executives” believe the In-Season Tournament games hosted in Las Vegas will serve as a “preview for an eventual [NBA] expansion team to come to the city.” The NBA and Las Vegas already have a relationship dating back to 2004 with the Summer League.
In addition, Las Vegas is home to the United Soccer League Las Vegas Lights FC; National Lacrosse League Las Vegas Desert Dogs; Indoor Football League Vegas Knight Hawks; XFL Vegas Vipers, and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
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