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WNBA set to add Bay Area franchise with play beginning in 2025

The W is expanding for the first time since 2008.

WNBA: JUN 26 Connecticut Sun at Atlanta Dream
The WNBA logo on the court during the WNBA game between the Connecticut Sun and the Atlanta Dream on June 26th, 2022 at Gateway Center Arena in College Park, GA.
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Thursday Oct. 5 update: The WNBA has officially announced that its newest expansion team will be in San Francisco and will play its home games at the Chase Center. The new franchise will begin play in 2025.

The WNBA is expanding for the first time since 2008, with the league set to announce the addition of a franchise in the Bay Area on Thursday, October 5. The team will begin playing games in the 2025 season and will be managed by the ownership group of the Golden State Warriors. The WNBA franchise, which has yet to be named, will play games at the Chase Center in San Francisco.

The Bay Area has not previously had a WNBA team and this is a big step for a league that has seen franchises fold since inauguration. Only four of the original eight franchises in the league still remain today, though the league has grown overall to 12 teams since it began play.

A team in the Bay Area would mean 13 in the league, which is potentially a tricky number when it comes to logistics for the postseason and scheduling. We’ll see if the league continues to add teams.