Dallas Wings: WNBA team moves to the Metroplex
DIANE XAVIER | 11/16/2015, 8:36 a.m.
The Dallas Examiner
Women’s professional basketball is returning to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex after 30 years.
The WNBA’s Dallas Wings were introduced to the area on Nov. 2 at a press conference at College Park Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington. This arena, built in 2012 and seats 7,000 people, will be the new home of the Dallas Wings.
“I just always wanted to play basketball in Texas since Cynthia Cooper and the Houston Comets started playing in 1997. And 20 years later, we get to start our franchise in Texas,” said Dallas Wings guard Skylar Diggins. “This area loves sports and I am looking to make this my home in the future. We are the market disrupters. I think we are the team that you don’t want to play. We are not nice. We are going to be in your face the entire game. It’s going to be fun and our team is exciting. To be able to start fresh in this city is amazing and I appreciate the opportunity.”
The team’s colors are blue and yellow and its logo is the wings of a Pegasus, an iconic symbol in the Dallas area.
“The thing with the Pegasus is the powerful wings that give its energy and myth,” said Wings President and CEO David Swatzell. “And it’s those powerful wings that ultimately personify what our team is all about. And what we want to be is an inspirational force. We will blaze new trails with relentless intensity, tough-minded integrity and disruptive creativity.”
On July 2015, the WNBA unanimously approved a plan to move the Tulsa Shock to the DFW area. The team will begin playing during the 2016 season and will debut on May 16. The Wings will be the first women’s basketball team in the area since the Dallas Diamonds of the 1970s and 1980s.
During the conference, UTA President Vistasp Karbhari welcomed the new franchise to the area.
“This arena was built and opened in 2012 with the intent of hosting large scale events, concerts, a lot of athletic events and other attractions that truly unite our Arlington community with its public research university, the largest in North Texas and the model 21st century urban research university,” he said. “We are a part of the fabric of this town and the surrounding Metroplex, a gathering place, a resource for learning, and the new team set to make its debut in 2016 will certainly make it all the reasons area residents have for visiting UTA.”
According to Karbhari, the Dallas Wings will provide great opportunities for fans to visit UTA.
“To have a major sports team housed on our campus, to have the opportunity to watch as we work out practice and to compete, to have our students maybe intern in their offices and for all of us at UTA and this community, to experience the thrill of cheering a professional women’s basketball team right in our own backyard is valuable to this community beyond description,” he said.